Naomi Jewell Harper was born near Elmwood, OK, on March 27, 1918, one of twelve children born to John Byron and Minnie Belle (Stapp) Simpson, early pioneers in Beaver County.
During her childhood Naomi attended South Flat School, a one-room schoolhouse that was located near the family homestead.
On August 1, 1935 she married Elmer James Harper in Beaver, OK. They had a family of twelve children. Naomi and Elmer spent most of their married life in the Elmwood area with the exception of five years in Northern Kansas, near the small community of Dentonia. In 1961 they moved to the Harper farm northeast of Booker where they engaged in farming and raising cattle. Elmer passed away on February 1, 1971.
In 1985 Naomi moved to Booker. She had resided at Twin Oaks Manor in Booker since 2001.
Naomi was a wonderful cook and a devoted mother. She enjoyed being outdoors and loved to garden, and she willingly shared the produce with anyone who happened by.
She had a strong work ethic that she learned from her parents. Naomi loved to sing and wrote many poems and songs. A large number of her descendants also sing and play musical instruments. As a hobby she collected bells and at one time had over two hundred from many different states and countries.
Naomi was a faithful member of Victory Family Center in Perryton until ill health prevented her attendance. She had accepted Christ as her Savior as a child.
Naomi passed from this life on April 25, 2011 in Booker at the age of 93 years and 29 days. She is preceded in death by her husband, her parents, five brothers, one sister, three grandsons, one great-grand daughter, a son-in-law, and a daughter-in-law.
Survivors include six sons Garland Harper of Dallas, Gary Harper and wife Jean of Perryton, Larry Harper and wife Marcia of Royce City, Lonnie Harper of Stinnett, Gilbert Harper and wife Clydeene of Booker, and Lowell Harper and wife Kim also of Booker; six daughters Donneta Miller and husband Melvin of Downs, Kansas, Bonita Campbell and husband Carl of Perryton, Anneta Beaver and husband Gene of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Elaine Hoover and husband Leonard of Booker, Laneta Adams and husband Craig of Fritch and Dana Marino of Booker; thirty two grandchildren, numerous great and great-great grandchildren; five sisters Thelma Fronk of Arlington, Gertrude Getz of Pasadena, Elsie Trosper, Euna Benson, and Oneta Hoover all of Booker; and a host of family and friends.
Funeral Services were on Friday April 29 at 2:00 PM in the Community Worship Center Perryton, TX with Pastor Mike Waterbury officiating.
Interment was in the Sophia Cemetery Beaver County, OK under the direction of Good Samaritan Funeral Service, Booker, TX.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation or Twin Oaks Manor Oakwood Unit all in care of Good Samaritan Funeral Service P.O. Box 341 Booker, TX 79005.
Condolences may be made online at www.goodsamaritanfuneral.com .