Naomi Gail Lurie passed away on June 22, 2011, after two years living with cancer. She died peacefully in her home in Ashland, Ore., with friends and family by her side. Born in New York City, N.Y., on June 29, 1960, Naomi was a fabulous mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, friend, master gardener, and gifted math teacher.
Naomi attended Bronx High School of Science and graduated from City as School, both in New York City. She came to Oregon as a teenager, and spent her early adult life in the mountains of Southern Oregon and Northern California, where she lived in Williams, Ore., and Ashland, Ore., and in the 1980s, was a member of the Riverspirit community.
Naomi received a bachelor of arts in math and a master of arts in teaching from Southern Oregon University. A passionate high school math teacher, she taught in Hawaii, at King Kekaulike High School in Pukalani, Kamehameha High School in Kea'au and in Oregon, at a variety of schools, culminating her teaching career at St. Mary's High School in Medford, Ore.
Naomi served as a hub to her community, a person to whom young people gravitated in order to gain wisdom, humor, unconditional love and compassion. Her love had no limits. Naomi saw the beauty of the world in the order of mathematics, the cycle of her gardens and in the infinite possibilities of the children she touched.
Naomi is survived by her beautiful sons, Raven Vision Lurie and Paho Lurie-Gregg; her stepdaughters, Angela and Violet San Filippo; her goddaughters, Ea Moulton and Sita Jacobson; her godson, Sol Estin; her father, Alfred Lurie; siblings, Leib, Sara, Rebecca and Samuel; her four grandsons, Isaiah, Demetri, Liam and Kaden; her seven nieces and nephews; and a large community of friends and chosen family, including many children whom she helped raise.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Naomi's name to Hearts With a Mission, www.heartswithamission.org, a Jackson County shelter for homeless teens.
A memorial will be conducted at Havurah Synagogue, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland, Ore., on Friday, June 24, 2011, at 1:30 p.m., with internment at Scenic Hills Cemetery in Ashland to follow. Family will be receiving guests at Naomi's home following the funeral and through the weekend, from 4:00 p.m. to dusk.