Born at St. Luke's Hospital in Bellingham to Donald Arthur Brunner and Petra Onella Lee Brunner on January 17, 1961, Naomi was a "Gift from God". She was a wonderful girl that loved spending time on the tractor and doing other farm business with her father. But because of the need for retardation schooling, her parents started SPARC (Skagit Preschool Association for Retarded Children) in Skagit County on her behalf in 1964.
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When her father passed away in 1970, she moved to Fircrest in Seattle where she had monthly weekend visits home to be with family and friends for many years. She had a good experience at Fircrest and was eventually able to move into a small supported living situation at Parkview.
To her mother's great relief, Naomi finally moved back to Skagit County in the 1980s to live at Valley Homes and was provided a work opportunity at Skagitron Corporation sheltered workshop. Then, she moved to Soundview Supported Living in the 1990s and enjoyed the rest of her years there.
She loved her work at Chinook Enterprises where she did a variety of jobs. Other highlights included Special Olympics, 1962 Seattle World's Fair, visiting the east coast, and Walt Disney World. Beyond this, was her love for being with people, going for rides in the van, and visiting South Fork Farms. She had an infectious laugh; love for horses; watching football and basketball; and full of life attitude that will remain in our hearts forever.
Sadly, she passed away at Skagit Valley Hospital on May 25, 2014 after a yearlong battle with health issues.
She is survived by her mother, Onella, of Stanwood; sister, Ruth (Gary) Brunner Wiegand, of Mount Vernon; aunts and uncles - Anna Ankrum, Chuck and Carol Brunner, Don & Alice Hack, Solveig Lee, Allen and Julia Moen; nieces - Aleena and Sydney Wiegand; numerous cousins and extended family.
A memorial service will be held at The Milltown Cemetery on Sunday, June 29, 2pm with a reception following at South Fork Farms (19115 Dike Road).
Memorials can be made to Soundview Supported Living at PO Box 2576, Mount Vernon, WA 98273 and/or Chinook Enterprises at 2026 N. LaVenture Rd., Mount Vernon, WA 98273.
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on June 7, 2014