Naomi (Blankenship) Montgomery, 92, daughter of Elmer “Doc” and Olive (McKinney) Blankenship, was born Feb. 20, 1925, in Solo, Mo. She passed away Sept. 4, 2017, at Pinecrest Community in Mt. Morris, Ill.

Naomi was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, John. She is survived by her sister, Maxine Noirfalise; sister-in-law, Ruby Gettys; cousin, Juanita Akeman; and several other cousins, nieces and nephews.

Naomi attended Pleasant Hill School in Solo, Mo., and graduated from Houston High School in 1945.

After graduating from high school, Naomi briefly worked at Pratt Whitney and a department store in Kansas City, Mo. She worked for a short time at Fort Leonard Wood.

She married John Montgomery on July 24, 1948, in Raymondville, Mo.

Naomi worked most of her life in Houston as a secretary/bookkeeper. She worked at the International Shoe factory and for Maurice Covert, then for Hubert Lay, Honeycutt Chevrolet and Hiett Title company.

Naomi enjoyed doing all types of needlework such as cross stitching, rug making and sewing. She loved making beautiful quilts and quilting with several groups after her retirement. Naomi loved trying new recipes, especially cookies, cakes, and pies which were always delicious. Naomi enjoyed gardening and nature. She was a loyal supporter of the Arbor Day Foundation. Naomi was also an avid collector of dishes, glassware, and all types of art work.

Naomi was a special and unique sister, cousin and aunt. She will be missed, but we know she is enjoying the perfect beauty of Heaven and being reunited with John whom she missed dearly.

Services were 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, at Evans Funeral Home with the Rev. Ed Hamilton officiating. Burial was in Ozark Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Alan Titterton, Grant Titterton, Joe Montgomery, Joe Barnes, Doug Castleman and Don Tottingham.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to The Arbor Day Foundation, Ozark Cemetery or New Hope Cemetery. Go to to send an online condolence.

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