Naomi Brown Hamilton was born January 29, 1921, in American Fork, Utah, to Marion Abram and Ruby Wray Thornton Brown. She was the youngest of four children. She had three brothers: Simeon, Clark and Ivan. Both Simeon and Ivan passed away in their youth. Ivan died before Naomi was born. She passed away on February 5, 2018, just seven days after her 97th birthday.
Naomi graduated from LDS Business College as a stenographer and worked at First National Bank in Salt Lake City, prior to her marriage. Naomi married Willard Ford Hamilton on November 1, 1945 in New York City. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple in 1947. She and Bill, as she called her husband, moved back to Utah in February of 1947. They lived in Ogden and had their first child, a daughter they named Susan. The family moved to Cedar City in May of 1950 where daughter Jill was born.
Naomi was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served faithfully in a variety of church callings. Her great love was Primary where she served as both Ward and Stake Primary President. She also served as Relief Society President. At the time of her death she was a dedicated Visiting Teacher Supervisor in the Cedar 4th Ward. She and Bill served as ordinance workers for years at the St. George Temple. Even when Bill could no longer serve, she continued her weekly commitment until her health required her to be released. She was thrilled that Cedar City has a temple and was well enough to attend the open house.
Naomi was a devoted mother and grandmother. Her daughters always had a yearly birthday party and homemade treats at the end of a long day at school. She taught them to cook and sew and how to run a home. She served as a 4-H leader in her efforts to help Jill and Susan learn essential skills. Naomi was a wonderful cook and never let anyone leave her home hungry. Her family has always called her the home “lunch wagon.” Everyone loved her cookies, her chicken salad and the amazing “glue beans.” She taught her girls to pray and the importance of gospel study. She was a righteous example of all good things. Naomi loved the Book of Mormon and even as death approached she asked her family to read to her from its pages.
Naomi and Bill were married for 52 years. He passed away in December of 1997,
Naomi was a quiet and reserved woman, who never sought the spot light. She was humble, kind, thoughtful and appreciative of the goodness of others. She knew the importance of expressing gratitude and saying “thank you.” Her greatest satisfaction and joy came from serving others.
Naomi is survived by her daughters Susan (Al) Tait and Jill (Theran) Heap. She also leaves behind five grandchildren: Kim (Doug) Anderson, Jeff (Joy) Peterson, Greg (Allison) Peterson, Casey Heap and Brenna (Jerry) Jackson. She is also blessed with thirteen great-grandchildren; Rebekah Woodbury, Nick Woodbury, Audrey Woodbury, Josh Peterson, Annie Peterson, Jack Peterson, Jake Peterson, Dallen Peterson, Kaden Peterson, Mckenzie Peterson, Cameron Peterson, Skyler Jackson and Justin Jackson. She was preceded in death by her husband, and grandson Derek Heap.
Naomi Hamilton was an angel who had no idea just how special she was!
The family wishes to extend gratitude for the loving and kind service of Iron County Home Health and Marie Prince and Dawn Jones; also Dane Johnson of Southwest Spine and Pain Center, and Doctor Thomas Marshall.
Memorial services were held on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 1 p.m. in the Cedar 4th Ward chapel (500 W 400 N, Cedar City). There was a viewing on Friday, February 16, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. at Southern Utah Mortuary (190 N 300 W, Cedar City), and one prior to the service on Saturday at the Cedar 4th Ward building. Interment will be at Cedar City Cemetery, under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be sent to www.sumortuary.com