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Naomi Dykes ~ Oct. 4, 1928 – Oct. 4, 2012

Posted: Thursday, Oct 11th, 2012

Naomi Dykes

Naomi had a flair for dramatic entrances and exits, and knew that for full effect, timing is everything. She entered this earth on Oct. 4, 1928, and, true to form, left us to be with Jesus on Oct. 4, 2012 — her 84th birthday.

Naomi was born on an Indian reservation in tiny Altonah, Utah, the third child of eight, to Grant and Ethel Foote, and died in Richland, Wash. When Naomi was 13 years old, she moved with her family to Salt Lake City, Utah. She soon discovered that, unlike her, big city girls owned more than two dresses and quickly decided her own wardrobe needed an extreme makeover. Telling a little white lie about her age, she got a job at Lerner’s, and her lifelong love of fashion was born.

Naomi was married twice and had four children. She spent the better part of her life in Mountain View and Evanston, where she raised her family and worked at The Villager and Eliza Doolittle’s clothing stores, as well as Little America. She loved horses and belonged to a riding club that performed in local parades and rodeos.

Naomi also had a green thumb and enjoyed cooking, decorating and entertaining. Her volunteer efforts were extensive — from performing various functions in the schools to being instrumental in getting the town of Mountain View incorporated. Pulling together her love of fashion, bling and big hair, she coordinated many fashion shows, one of which provided funds for the first mammography machine in Evanston.

When she moved to Richland in 1994, she worked at the Annie Z clothing store and volunteered in the gift shop at Kadlec Hospital for as long as her health allowed.

Naomi was always happiest when her family could gather together.

Her survivors include children Peggy Hill and husband, Michael, of Richland, Kim Halford and wife, Bonnie, of Mountain View, Bobbi Caldwell of Moab, Utah, and Michelle Kent and husband, Pat, of Orange, Texas; stepdaughters Suzan Rasmussen and Aprille Smith, and their families; grandchildren Ami Hill, Danielle Hill, Tara Hook, Taylor Halford, Camella Ashment, Torrey Morris, Abram Stoye, Colin Stoye, Daju Hagemann, Iris Palmer, Anthony Cox and Rebecca Creel; six great-grandchildren; and many beloved nieces and nephews. Naomi will be missed by her last living sister, Vicki Bishop, and brothers Lane and Dean Foote.

Naomi’s family appreciates the Royal Columbian Retirement Inn for offering enriching experiences during the last part of her life, and is deeply grateful to Richland Life Care for the loving, compassionate and professional care she received the past several months.

A memorial service will be held at Central United Protestant Church, 1124 Stevens Drive, Richland, on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice.

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