The Ottumwa Courier

Obituaries

December 2, 2013

Naomi Wells

HEDRICK — Naomi J. Wells, 92, of Ft. Collins, Colo., formerly of Hedrick, died November 28, 2013, at Lemay Ave. Health & Rehab Facility in Ft. Collins, Colo.

She was born March 30, 1921, in Fremont, Iowa, to John and Fern Meier Swanstrom. She married Dick Wells on August 21, 1948. He preceded her in death on March 12, 1998.

Naomi was a graduate of Fremont High School and Iowa Wesleyan College. She taught in Guernsey, Monroe, Brooklyn, Hedrick High School, and for 20 years taught at Evans Junior High School, retiring in 1983, ending a career of 36 years teaching home economics and science.

She had been a resident of Hedrick most of her life before moving to Creston in 1997 and then moved to Ft. Collins, Colo., in 2007.

Naomi was a member of Arendt-Bowlin-Stubbs Unit #83 American Legion Auxiliary.

Her hobbies were gardening and enjoying the outdoors.

Surviving are two daughters, Sherry (Mel) McKie of Creston and Barbara (Bill) Trout of Ft. Collins, Colo.; four grandchildren, Abbie (Stan) Plebanek, Corey (Angi) McKie, Erin (Sean) Nook and Anna (Andrew) Morris; six great-grandchildren, Darrian and Grant Plebanek, Collin and Sam McKie, Ella and Ruby Nook; a sister, Norma Young of Ft. Madison; a brother, Robert (Pat) Swanstrom of Ft. Collins, Colo., and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two infant brothers and a brother-in-law, Kenneth Young.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Reece Funeral Home with Pastor Bill Hornback officiating. Burial will be in Brooks Cemetery near Hedrick.

Visitation will be open after 1 p.m. Thursday. The family will be present one hour prior to the service on Friday.

Memorials may be made to Arendt-Bowlin-Stubbs Unit #83 American Legion Auxiliary.

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