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Naomi Bosley

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Naomi Bosley CHARLOTTE - Mrs. Naomi Bosley, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at the age of 96. The family will hold a private service. She was preceded in death by her first grandson, David Anson Brown in 1981, and her husband Bernard Bosley in 2009. Survivors are daughters, Deborah S. Bosley and her husband Martin Settle of Charlotte, NC; Rochelle Bosley Koepp of Charlottesville, VA; and Karen L. Bosley and her wife Marilyn Smith of Seattle as well as her grandchildren Hannah Settle, Anson Brown, and his wife, Sara, and great-grandchildren Audrey and Sam Brown. Mrs. Bosley was born in Chicago on September 10, 1917 to Jewish-Russian immigrants. As a life-long devotee of learning, she went to college late and graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.A. in Sociology at the age of 64. She and her husband raised their family in Decatur, Illinois where she started the city's first food bank. She devoted her life to social justice and in the early 1950's, she hired the first African-American to work in the front of the retail store that she and her husband owned. Mrs. Bosley was fiercely independent and created a thriving interior design business in Decatur in the early 60s. When she and her now deceased husband retired to La Jolla, CA, she spent her time volunteering at the Scripts Institute. They moved to Charlotte in 2003. She was a charming, intelligent, and compassionate woman who instilled in her children a love of books, art, gardening, and humanity.

Published in Charlotte Observer on Dec. 15, 2013
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