Naomi Arlene Moore, 81, Kokomo, passed away at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, at Community Howard Regional Health. She was born Nov. 15, 1931, in LaGrange County, to the late Carl and Imogene (Bassett) Strawser. She married Donald L. Moore on June 23, 1950, in Kendallville.
After graduating from high school in 1949, Naomi worked at the telephone company in Kendallville. Along with her husband, she started Moore Rexall Drug Store in Kokomo in 1955. For the following 46 years, among her other duties at the store, she was the “official greeter” and many will remember her smile and caring conversations. Over the years at the store and since, she cherished the special friendships made there with neighbors, customers, and fellow employees.
Naomi was a member of First Christian Church, Kokomo, a 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star Sylvan Chapter 251, and the John Purdue Club. She enjoyed attending and watching any kind of sporting events, but especially her Purdue Boilermakers. She attended Boilermaker football games from the 1950s forward and also followed the team to the Rose Bowl both times that Purdue played there.
Naomi was active in the National Community Pharmacy Association Ladies Auxiliary (formerly National Association of Retail Druggists). Naomi traveled as a pharmacy ambassador across the U.S. and to Europe and Japan with her husband, Donald, in his capacity as president of the NCPA. Naomi made friends everywhere she traveled and was quickly named “Flash” for her joy of taking photos. In the late 1950s and 1960s she bowled on several bowling leagues and brought home many trophies. Naomi loved children, “digging in the dirt” in her beautiful flower gardens, spending time with family at Lake Manitou, and sporting events, including attending the Kokomo High School 1961 state basketball championship game. Among her many talents that we were blessed with was baking the best cherry and apple pies ever.
Survivors include daughters, Patricia Bradford and husband David Bradford, of Greenville, Maine, Janet Moore, Kokomo, and Pamela Moore, Aurora, Illi.; sister, Carol Jean Helmer, LaGrange; and sister-in-law, Marjorie Strawser, Kendallville; grandchildren, Sarah Cotner, Kokomo, Ezra DeMuth, Denver, Colo., Amy Devlin Lytle and husband Jacob Lytle, Winston-Salem, N.C., Jeremy DeMuth, Chicago, Ill., Benjamin Cotner, Pacific Palisades, Calif., Andrea Devlin Chappell and husband Jonathan Chappell, of Cary, N.C., Justin DeMuth, Arizona, Clayton DeMuth, Chicago, Ill., Jeffrey Moore Willhauck, Aurora, Ill.; four great-grandchildren, Naomi, Claire, and Joshua Lytle and Christopher Chappell; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews who lovingly called her Grandma Two.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Sherman and Forrest Strawser; sister, Mildred Todd; and grandson, Todd Devlin.
The funeral service will be held for Naomi at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ellers Mortuary Webster Street Chapel, 3400 S. Webster St., with Pastor Will Jewsbury officiating, followed by entombment at Sunset Memory Garden. Naomi’s family will be receiving relatives and friends for a time of visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, also at the mortuary.
In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to the Donald L. Moore Prescription Fund, through Project Access, 829 N. Dixon Road, Suite 100, Kokomo, IN 46901 or at Community First Bank of Indiana. You are invited to read Naomi’s obituary at www.ellersmortuary.com, where you may sign the guest book or share a personal message for the family. Ellers Mortuary Webster Street Chapel, assisted the family with arrangements.