Naomi E. Wade, 89, of Red Oak, Iowa, formerly of Marion, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly in her sleep on Sunday, July 22, 2018, at the Arlington Place of Red Oak, where she had been a resident for one year.
In agreement with her wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of Naomi's life will be held at
11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, at First Presbyterian Church in Marion, where the family will greet friends from 10 a.m. until the service time on Saturday at the church. The Rev. Beth Hilkerbaumer and the Rev. Dr. Dave Henion will officiate. A private burial will be held at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery in Cedar Rapids. Arrangements are in the care of Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Marion.
Naomi was born on Jan. 22, 1929, at Keokuk County, Iowa, one of 10 children to Andy Jacob "A.J." and Florence Celia (Frank) Sheetz. She was a 1947 graduate of Washington High School in Washington, Iowa. During her high school years, Naomi was a live-in housekeeper for a widow in Washington. She was employed with the former Washington Pearl Button Factory in Washington, which was housed in the former Mill Seed Co. building. On Feb. 5, 1949, Naomi married Fred Wesley Wade in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. To this union, three children were born, Juanita, Randy and Sandy.
In 1956, Fred and Naomi moved their family to Marion, Iowa. She was a wonderful homemaker and enjoyed selling Avon and Shaklee products, as well as serving on the Marion Civil Service Commission. Naomi was a 62-year member of First Presbyterian Church in Marion, where she served as elder and deacon. Naomi enjoyed spending time visiting people who were homebound and in nursing homes. Some of Naomi's hobbies included being outdoors golfing, fishing and mushroom hunting. She also enjoyed bowling and playing cards and dominos. Naomi was a loving, caring and devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her.
She is survived and lovingly remembered by her children, Juanita (Dan) Martinez of Red Oak, Iowa, Randy (Sue) Wade of Parker, Colo., and Sandy (Rev. Dave) Henion of Wichita, Kan.; eight grandchildren, Aubrey (Leo) Alvarez, Danielle (Scott) Weber, Tyler Kimberlin, Tanner (Natalie) Kimberlin, Corinne Kimberlin, Joshua (Erica) Henion, Jordan Henion and Jessica (Nathan) Rausch; eight great-grandchildren, Lulu and Nora Alvarez, Jaden and Mya Weber, Easton, Cohen and Maelynn Henion and Haylee Henneberg; one sister, Pauline Cady of Keota, Iowa; one brother, Jim (Ginger) Sheetz of Kinross, Iowa; two sisters-in-law, Carole Sheetz of Grand Junction, Colo., and Ann Sheetz of Keota, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.
Naomi was preceded in death by her parents; beloved husband of 56 years, Fred Wade in 2005; five brothers, Richard Sheetz, Roger Sheetz, Raymond Sheetz, Paul Sheetz and Larry Sheetz; and two sisters, Marjorie Davison and Rebecca Imogene Sparby.
In lieu of flowers, the family has respectfully requested that memorial contributions be made in Naomi's name to First Presbyterian Church, American Cancer Society, Alzheimer's Association or a charity of your choice.
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