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Naomi Maddox

Naomi Maddox completed her journey in this life and passed away peacefully into the care of her heavenly Father on Monday, November 16, 2020, in San Diego, California.

Naomi Christina Maddox was born January 12, 1917 near Beaman, Missouri, daughter of Herbert W. Maddox and Maud Bidstrup Maddox. She attended Olive Branch School and graduated from Smith Cotton High School in Sedalia, MO, in 1934. She then attended Southwest Baptist College, now Southwest Baptist University, in Bolivar, MO. She was employed by Public Finance in Sedalia in 1940, which led to transfers to other offices and then promotion to a traveling supervisor and auditor. She transferred to offices in California and moved to Ventura, CA in 1968. Her last transfer was to the office in Oxnard, CA, in 1978, from which she retired in 1984, having worked 44 years. She was then able to do things she loved to do, which was caring for people. She became an active member of Grace Baptist Church in Ventura, sang in the choir for many years, and did volunteer work there. She was a member of the Children’s Home Society and volunteered as a receptionist at Food Share for seven years. She moved to San Diego, CA in 2015 to be with her niece Apple Phillips and family. Naomi was known by all who met her to be a kind, loving, and thoughtful friend, who gave of herself unstintingly to others and was a brilliant and competitive Skipbo player even at 100+. She was a role model for those younger church members she interacted with, and this earth is poorer for her absence, but heaven is richer.

Naomi was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Maud Maddox, her brother Allan Maddox, her sister Elsie Virginia O’Neal, niece Jane Sylvia Morris, and great-nephew Scott Morris. Surviving are nieces Nancy Apple Phillips, husband Greg, of San Diego, and Linda Cook, husband John, of San Diego; nephew Michael O’Neal of Tipton, Iowa; great-nephew Shaun Hannah (Lynn); great-nieces Carissa Phillips-Garrett (Brenden), Ariana Phillips-Hutton (Alexander), Sierra Valenzuela-Phillips (Luis Manuel), Kimberley Kirk (Jimmy), Kristin Heidt (Matt), and Jolynn Donnelly (Colin); seven great-great nephews, and two great-great nieces; a few cousins, and many friends. Burial will be in Memorial Park, Sedalia, MO.

A virtual memorial service is planned for December or January.  This will be updated as details are known.

I’d like the memory of me

To be a happy one.

I’d like to leave an afterglow

Of smiles when life is done.

I’d like to leave an echo,

Whispering softly down the ways,

Of happy times and laughing times

And bright and sunny days.

I’d like the tears of those who grieve

To dry before the sun,

Of happy memories that I leave

When my life on earth is done.

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