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Naomi Elizabeth (Rigsby) Bradley, passed away Friday, March 17, 2023. Naomi was born Nov. 7, 1931 in Shawneetown, Ill. to the late Ray and Gladys (Woods) Rigsby.
Upon graduating from Shawneetown High School, Naomi met her husband, Amos, and relocated to Waukegan, Ill. She retired from Montgomery Ward and attended Wesley Free Methodist Church in Waukegan. She found joy in church activities, and making memories with friends and family. Her treasures weren’t material items—they were simply memories—and she saved all of them. Whether they were clippings, photos, cards or a phone number of an acquaintance.
Upon Amos’ passing, Naomi relocated to Palm Harbor, Fla. to be near her daughters. Best known as “Grandma” to all she met in Fla., with her big, beautiful smile, and kind and gentle spirit. She exhibited ALL of the fruits of the spirit in Galatians 5:22-23. She was tiny and quiet but had a strong and mighty spirit.
We are fortunate to have the childhood memories with our huge extended family, who gathered often at our grandparent’s farm in Shawneetown. Naomi loved to laugh and listen to stories as the small crowd of grownups congregated around the table as they ate fresh corn from the fields and watermelon from the garden. At Christmas Naomi smiled watching the mass of cousin’s string popcorn and cranberries for garland on the freshly chopped tree.
We are blessed for the 91 years we shared with “grandma” and will treasure our memories and lessons in simplicity and kindness.
Naomi is survived by her sister, Barbara Rigsby; children; Jeannine Savio and Renee (Rick) Proefke; grandchildren, John Savio (Kristi), and Olivia Proefke; and great-grandchildren; Norah Savio and Ellie Savio.
She is predeceased by her siblings, Marshall Rigsby, Hershall Rigsby, Robert Rigsby, Paul Rigsby, Dianne (Rigsby) Perry, and Mary Lou (Rigsby) Brooks.
A memorial service will be held at Hogan Cemetery on June 3, 2023 starting at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the COPD Foundation, 3300 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Miami, Fla. 33134.
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