Naomi J. Crookston, 84, of Grants Pass, Ore. passed away Wednesday, January 2, 2013, at Royale Gardens Health and Rehabilitation Center. Naomi was born June 20, 1928, in Inglewood, Calif. and was raised there.
She attended Lusinger High School and after high school she went to beauty college. She moved to Provo, Utah and met her future husband, Darrell (he went off to war) and worked at the military depot during the war. They married in October of 1945. Together they moved to Southern California and started a family, gradually moving north until ending up in Oregon. They moved from Santa Clara County, Calif. and built a home in Wimer, Ore. She has lived in the Rogue Valley since 1975. She worked as a dental assistant, bookkeeper, and in her final years she worked in the foster grandparent program at Allendale Elementary in Grants Pass.
Naomi was a member of the Audubon Society, Evans Valley Garden Club, Rogue River Civic Club, Piece Makers of Rogue River, Mt. Stars Quilters, and a life member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs. Her hobbies included quilting, painting, playing bridge, and gardening.
Survivors include three daughters, Cherie, Marilyn, and Barbara, all of Oregon; sister, Joann Davis, of Calif.; brother, Robert Lunceford, of Utah; six grandchildren, Jason, Garrett, Candie, Matt, Rachel, and Scott; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by husband, Darrell D. Crookston; her mother, Pauline Lunceford; and sister, Alice Haddon.
A memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 23, 2013, at Hull & Hull Chapel. Private interment will be at Hawthorne Memorial Gardens.
Hull & Hull Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements. Donations may be made to a local animal protection agency or the Audubon Society. Please sign the family guest book at www.since1928hull.com.