Naomi M. Yates, 92, a resident of Palo, died Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, at her daughter's home after a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Palo United Methodist Church with the Rev. John Howerton officiating. Interment will be held at the Palo Cemetery. Visitation also will be held at the church fellowship hall in Palo from
5 to 7 p.m. Friday.
Naomi was born Jan. 30, 1924, in Madison, Wis., to Ralph C. and Ruth (Moubry) Little. She was the second child with six more following. The family moved back to Palo in 1926. She graduated from Palo High School in 1942. On June 6, 1942, she married her high school sweetheart, Howard Yates, at Trinity Methodist Church parsonage in Cedar Rapids.
Howard farmed with his dad, Guy, and then on March 1, 1943, Howard and Naomi rented the Douglas farm off of Chain Lakes Road in Palo. They painted and fixed the house up and began to buy livestock to add to their farm: chickens, pigs and milk cows. At this time most of Palo's young men were being drafted or enlisting into the military to help fight during World War II. So right after they got established in their farming operation, Howard enlisted in the Navy. He served from Feb. 21, 1944, through April 1946. By this time they had a little boy, Dale Lee. Dale stayed with his paternal grandparents. Naomi lived with relatives in Cedar Rapids and worked at Collins Radio until she was able to take the train to Pasco, Wash., to join her husband, a baker. While she was in Pasco, she worked at various jobs to bring in additional money. This helped to buy things to put in care packages she sent to her four brothers. And it allowed the young couple to bring out their young son and furnish daycare for him while she worked. Naomi was a farm wife, a working partner with her husband in their farming operation. She loved genealogy and helped her daughter Ruth compile family history. Naomi gave many presentations over the years, sharing her love of aprons through her collection. The little lady loved life and treasured her family and friends, and a good day was one spent with both.
She belonged to Palo United Methodist Church for over 75 years, where she was past president of UMW, Pork Producers and Past Matrons and Friends. She was also Past Worthy Matron of White Lily Chapter No. 427 OES of Shellsburg, Queen of the Daughters of the Nile Eu-cha-rest Temple and Past Worthy High Priestess of Gethseme Shrine.
She and her husband Howard spent 17 winters in Mesa and Apache Junction, Ariz., before their health required them to stay home. Their last winter was 2004-05. Naomi and Howard celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with a family dinner in June 2012.
Survivors include her daughter, Ruth Kibbie; grandson, Eddie Kibbie and wife Janet, who have shared the same house with Naomi for 26 years; grandchildren, Juliana Reisner and fiance Jeff Whipple, Steve (Carol), Jon (Sunee), James (Cindy) and Aaron Yates and Christina (Louie) Reedy; 17 great-grandchildren; 18 great-great-grandchildren; and daughter-in-law, Ellen Yates.
Naomi is also survived by her brother, George Little and wife Frankie; brother, Lawson Little; sister, Linda Tilbury; sister-in-law, Esther Little; and many nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard, in 2012; son, Dale, in 2014; and son-in-law, Ed Kibbie, in 2015; also her parents, Ralph and Ruth Little; brothers, Laurence, Glenn and Bob Little; sister, Mary Sue Wheeler; sisters-in-law, Lavonne Little and Lois Irene Little and brother-in-law, Earl Wheeler.
Memorials may be made to the Palo United Methodist Church or a charity of the donor's choice.
Phillips Funeral Homes is in charge of arrangements and condolences may be left at www.phillipsfuneralhomes.com.