Naomi Gentleman passed away Sept. 7, 2013, in her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Rockville, Neb., on May 11, 1918. She was orphaned at age 8, along with her younger sister Betty. Both girls were raised by two aunts, Anna Lorenz and Mary Strom.
On July 1, 1940, Naomi married Harry Miller in Ravenna, Neb. Together, they had four children: Robert, Gloria, Catherine and Mary.
In 1953, the family, including Aunt Anna (Auntie), moved to Anaheim, Calif. Naomi remained a homemaker until 1960 when she worked briefly for the SQR Department Store in Anaheim. She then got a job with the Sperry and Hutchinson Company (S&H Green Stamps) and retired from there in 1982 as an assistant manager.
Harry passed away in 1968 and Naomi married Leo Gentleman on Nov. 3, 1974. They made their home in Santa Ana, Calif., until Leo’s retirement in 1987 from the Pepsi Corporation. In September 1987 they, along with daughter Gloria, moved to Hood River, Ore., to be near their other two daughters, Catherine and Mary.
Naomi enjoyed sewing and made most of her daughters’ clothes when they were young children. Many of her fabrics went in to homemade quilts. Naomi also enjoyed music and played both the piano and the organ. Other interests were gardening and crocheting.
Naomi was active in both the Methodist and Episcopal churches, and the Foresters. She was very comical yet very outspoken. She believed everyone had the right to speak their minds but not in a way which would jeopardize the lives of others.
She was a wonderful, caring, and thoughtful person and dearly loved her children and grandchildren — and they her. Her warming presence will be sincerely missed, but she left a wonderful legacy of memories.
Naomi is preceded in death by her son, Robert W. Miller, and her husbands, Harry H. Miller and Leo M. Gentleman.
She is survived by her daughters: Gloria Miller, Mary (Dave) Couch and Catherine Peck, all of Hood River, and Vera (Robert) Miller, of Chino, Calif.; her grandchildren: Mark Brindle, Tricia Brindle Colwell, Juli Weddle, Scott Miller, Kelly Miller Chamberlain, Nicole Reese Booth and Jayme Reese Santoro; 14 great-grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church or Hospice of the Gorge.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family.
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