MONTEBELLO – From her beginnings selling sweet peas along Beverly Boulevard, Masae Nomura eventually became one of Montebello’s long-standing icons as the owner and founder of M’s Flowers. Now friends and family are remembering Nomura as an outspoken example of someone who put action ahead of rhetoric when it came to community involvement. Nomura died at her home May 4 only minutes after returning from the hospital following surgery. She was 94. M’s Flowers employee Rudy Garcia, said Nomura’s wit was quick and straight to the point. Nomura’s trips were the “absolute highlight of her existence,” Heacock said. “I see her death as a passing of the history of Montebello in some respects,” said Heacock, who had known Nomura for 50 years. “Masae played an integral part of many people’s weddings or events. And she gave so generously to every organization there is.” Nomura was born on Sept. 4, 1912 in Huntington Beach but grew up in Montebello. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Evergreen Baptist Church in Rosemead and a graveside service will follow the next morning, Wednesday, at 10 a.m. at the Evergreen Cemetery in Los Angeles. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Masae was funny, she really had a wit about her,” said Garcia, 64, who had known Nomura for more than 30 years. “She said it straight. If you made her mad, boy you were going to get it. She’d lay on you like crazy. “But she was the most generous person I know. I can’t say enough about her,” he added. Family members say over the years Nomura has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and flowers to different residents, events, organizations and causes. Consequently, Nomura has been recognized many times over by the city, the California state legislature and numerous community service organizations. One of Nomura’s favorite pastimes was gambling and she looked forward to regular trips to Las Vegas, said Montebello Realtor and family friend Darrell Heacock.