Terumi (Miyagi) Blythe

Terumi (Miyagi) Blythe of Portsmouth, died peacefully at home surrounded by her family on May 17, 2021. 


Terumi was born in Okinawa, Japan.  She attended schools in Okinawa and received her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education.   She met her husband while he was stationed in Okinawa and the couple were married in a traditional Japanese wedding ceremony. They moved to the United States and lived for a short period of time in North Quincy, MA ultimately returning to her husband’s home state of Rhode Island where she has lived for the past 40 years. 

Prior to her illness, Terumi worked at Looking Upwards as a job coach where she helped individuals with developmental disabilities perform their job duties. 


Terumi epitomized kindness, compassion and hospitality.  She loved to cook, garden, entertain, and especially loved her afternoon get togethers for green tea with her girlfriends.  To know Terumi was to love her.  If you were fortunate enough to know her, you would never go hungry and were always welcomed with open arms. You would always hear her saying to her guests, “Take your shoes off.  Make yourself at home, my house is your house.”  Above all, Terumi loved her family both near and far.  She will always be remembered for her beautiful smile, warm presence, big heart, and her kind and gentle ways.


Terumi was the wife of the late Gary S. Blythe.  She is survived by her local family which includes two daughters, Alicia Blythe of Portsmouth and Christine (Coleman) Hanover of Portsmouth, her granddaughter, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.  She is also survived by her two brothers Hidemasa (Atsumi) Miyagi of Osaka, Japan, Koji Miyagi, and her sister Reiko Miyagi both of Naha City, Japan, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was the daughter of the late Takeje and Yuri Miyagi of Naha City, Japan. 


Visiting hours will be held Saturday, May 22 from 12:00 – 3:00pm, with a prayer service beginning at 2:00pm in the O’Neill-Hayes Funeral Home, 465 Spring Street, Newport. Burial will be private.


In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to The Japan American Society of Rhode Island, the organizers of the Black Ships Festival. Terumi loved the Black Ships Festival which is an annual celebration of the friendship and culture between Japan and the United States.  Donations may be mailed to The Japan-America Society of RI, 28 Pelham Street, Newport RI, 02840.