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Naomi "Noni" Vandaveer

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Naomi "Noni" Vandaveer Obituary
Vandaveer, Naomi "Noni" James Kramer Born at home in Coryell County, Texas to Melvina Emily Painter James and Aubrey Randolph James on March 24, 1914. She was the third child of five. Bright energetic and nurturing to her younger brother and sister, she excelled in school. Noni's childhood and teen years were spent in Waco, Texas where her father owned a Taylor Shop and Dry Cleaning business and preached in a rural Baptist Church on Sundays. She worked in a candy shop after school where she was noticed by a Hollywood talent scout. Noni was asked to come to Dallas to model for a just opened line of cosmetics, Max Factor. She accepted the offer and began what would evolve into a modeling job with the A. Harris Department Store. Her natural poise and grace were always evident even in her last years. Noni met Mark E. Kramer, a young lawyer, who had also studied architecture. They married when she was 18. Mark bought five acres of land in Kessler Park and designed and built with his own hands, a solid stone garage apartment, just finished shortly before their daughter, Carole Ann was born. She landscaped about an acre of the property before the Navy called Mark to active deputy shortly before the outbreak of World War II. His war years were spent in Corpus Christ; Boston, Mass.; Tacoma, Wash.; Miami, Fl; and San Diego, Ca and several other places around the world. After returning to Dallas, Mark re-established his law practice and became President of the Dallas Criminal Bar Assoc. Noni served as President of the Antique Study Club, a founder of the Oak Cliff Lecture Luncheon Club, a camp fire Girls Teacher and frequent hostess for girl's sleep-overs and cookie bakery marathon. She was an unfailing Christian mother, wife, grandmother, and friend to who ever needed her support. After Mark's death in 1959, she managed rental property. Raymond Vandaveer won her heart and their 28 year marriage was happy and inspiring. His career was as a chemist, developer of the Doritos Corn Chip with Frito-Lay, and a member of President Reagan's Snack Food Council and Food Quality Consultant. Noni is survived by her daughter, Carole Ann Taggart and husband, Wayne Fagan; sister, Nella Jordan (Mrs. W.D.); sister-in-law, Patsy Jo James; five grandsons, Gregory Kramer Taggart, Phillip Kramer Taggart and wife, Rey-Narn, Frederic Kramer Taggart and partner, Chuck Black, and Mark Kramer Taggart; great granddaughters, Katie, Jocelyn, Breanna, Miranda and Meredith Taggart, Brenda, Ivanna and Clarence Tso; nephews, Marvin James and James Mark Jordan and niece, Tina Philips and husband, Larry; great-nephew, Sterling Jordan; great-great niece, Rene and great-great nephew, Saxon; step-great grandson, Duane Travis and wife, Amanda; step-great-great children, Jack, Scarlet, Will, Travis and John and wife, Stacy and step-great great great children, Hayden and Reid. Naomi was a member for many years of the First Baptist Church of Dallas. Memorial service will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at Restland Wildwood Chapel. Interment will follow in Restland Memorial Park.


Published in Dallas Morning News on Feb. 25, 2014
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