Naomi ""Pinkey"" Roberts, 83, of Seymour, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, at Covered Bridge Health Campus.
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She was born March 14, 1930, in Hayden.
She married Charles G. Roberts Jr.
Naomi was a member of Hayden United Methodist Church since 1938 and remained an active member. She was a member of the 4-H Club in Hayden and was elected 4-H Queen at the Jennings County fair one year. She had also been named Outstanding 4-H Junior Leader.
She attended Hayden School and was president of her graduating class of 1948. She enrolled at Seymour Business College and started working at the Farm Bureau chicken processing plant in Hayden as secretary to the manager. She was employed there for four years until the plant closed. She worked one year as the secretary for the head physician at the former Muscatatuck State Developmental Center, and then motherhood began to keep her busy as a Brownie Scout leader, Sunday school teacher and church choir leader.
She was also active with the Hayden PTO and supported her daughters' sports team and the Jennings County High School band and 4-H club and followed her daughter's college cheerleading team.
In 1978, she graduated from the licensed practical nursing school at Ivy Tech in Columbus and for the next 12 years worked at the Jennings County Community Hospital (now St. Vincent Jennings Hospital). During this time, she also served as a teacher's assistant at Hayden Elementary School. The Hayden
Little Hoosiers honored her with the Town and Country Pride award. She was crowned queen for the town's sesquicentennial in 2004 and was inducted into Hayden's Hall of Fame. In 1990, she and her daughter, Marcie, opened their first Subway restaurant in Seymour. They now own and operate five stores in Jennings and Jackson counties. She won numerous awards for her outstanding operations and community service. She also owned and operated the Hayden Depot Café.
She had been a sponsor and donor to many causes in the Jennings County community and especially generous in her support of the Hayden Historical Museum. She and her brother, Robert, donated the property where the museum rebuilt the Sullivan Blacksmith Shop as a working monument to her family's heritage. She was a member of the General Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern Star, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Eagles, Women of the Moose and American Legion, contributor for Hospice Queen, helped in Muscatatuck River Sweep and participated in Relay for Life each year. She was Mrs. Jennings County Volunteer of the Year, which was based on her volunteerism and giving back to the community.
She was known for her generous heart. Her mother gave her the biblical name Naomi; however, her father gave her the nickname of Pinkey because she was so small. She loved spending time with her family and supporting her grandchildren's activities.
Survivors include two daughters, Vickie (Shane) Wheeler and Marcie (Frank) Kapfhammer; seven grandchildren, Creyton Thomas, Victoria Ashlee Wheeler, Conner Wheeler, Noah Wheeler, Trey Kapfhammer, Chaz Kapfhammer and Isabella Victoria Kapfhammer; a cousin, Shirley Hochstetler; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by a companion, Thomas Fettig; parents, Conrad ""Cheb"" Sullivan and Mildred ""Perry"" Sullivan; and brothers, Robert and Barney Sullivan.
A funeral service will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Voss Chapel, Seymour, with the Rev. Ed Mead and the Rev. Thomas Judd officiating. Burial will follow at Hayden Cemetery with a Voss dove release.
Family and friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from noon until time of service Sunday at the funeral home.
Because of her love for music, memorials may be made to Hayden Historical Museum Music Parlor Fund, Hayden United Methodist Church, or Dr. Lawrence Einhorn Lung Cancer Research c/o Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center in honor of her daughter, Vickie, who has lung cancer.
Published in Tribune from Nov. 5 to Nov. 10, 2013