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Naomi H "Sally" Smith


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Naomi H "Sally" Smith Obituary

Naomi H. Smith, known always as Sally by her friends and family, passed away peacefully late into the night of March 31st after a long battle with Alzheimer's. She was born in July of 1927 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, growing up in West Catasauqua, which she always said was near Hokendauqua. Raised in a Lutheran German family, she spoke and understood Pennsylvania Dutch and always kept a bit of that culture with her through the years. Sally played clarinet in her high school marching band and had Broadway dreams, but always a practical person she attended nursing school in Allentown. Shortly before graduating in 1948, she met her future husband, James Smith, who was attending a local college. They were married in 1948, and Sally supported Jim as he continued his education by working in the operating room as a surgical nurse.

Moving to Ohio, Jim and Sally started a family in Columbus, having their first son as Jim finished up his PhD in Psychology. They moved to Cleveland for Jim's career and added another two sons before they heeded that age old call to "head West" and moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1962. Not satisfied in the desert, they moved to Southern California in 1965 settling down on the beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula building their dream home and raising their three sons.

Sally was a wonderful housewife and mother always keeping a pantry full of not so healthy foods for her growing boys. In later years, her sons would show their children, Sally's grandchildren, that wonderful cupboard that was still full of snacks whenever everyone visited. She was a great hostess and there were many holiday meals served in the family dining room through the years. Sally was vey active in the local PTA and she spent countless hours taking the boys to sports practices and sitting through their games rooting for the home team. She was always a Sea King and a Bruin as all three sons attended Palos Verdes High School and graduated from U.C.L.A.

Sally loved to work in the garden and was always musically inclined playing the piano as much as she could. She and Jim attended many musicals and performances and travelled a bit when a break in Jim's business allowed. Unfortunately, Jim died in 1984 from cancer starting Sally's time as a widow. She continued to keep house and enjoyed visits from and with her growing number of grandchildren. She was also able to travel going to Scandinavia, Russia, and the British Isles. Sally attended the Neighborhood Church during this time becoming a member of the bell choir.

As Sally turned eighty, the signs of "the long goodbye" of Alzheimers began to show. She was moved up to an assisted living facility near one of her sons in Oregon where she resided for almost eleven years before age and the debilitating effects of Alzheimers caught up to her. She stayed sweet and kind until her dying day often reverting back to her days as a nurse which were among her happiest memories.

Sally is survived by her three sons: Jeff, Bruce, and Brian; along with 9 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents: Mahlon and Helen, and her loving husband Jim. Sally died three weeks short of being a widow for 34 years. She lived a good, active life contributing to society and she will be remembered fondly by all who came in contact with her.

There will be no services and she will be laid next to her husband Jim at Green Hills cemetery in San Pedro, California.
Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on May 4, 2018
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