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Naomi Kirmis Hildreth

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Naomi Kirmis Hildreth Obituary
NAOMI KIRMIS HILDRETH 1931 2014 Naomi Hildreth entered her heavenly home May 19, 2014 after a struggle with cancer. Born in Jud, North Dakota in 1931, Naomi was the youngest child of Herman and Ella Kirmis. Convinced that a profession was essential to any woman's security, she attended St. Barnabas School of Nursing in Minneapolis. While there she met her future husband Leslie Hildreth, an Air Force reservist. In 1952, she graduated and drove out with her sister Marjorie to Riverside where Leslie was stationed. Naomi and Leslie held their wedding at the March Air Force Base Chapel and were married until Leslie's death in 2013. For Naomi, nursing was a calling she answered throughout her life. She worked first at a private practice and, when her children were young, as a volunteer nurse at Immanuel Lutheran Day School. When the last of her four children entered school, she returned to college to update her skills. In 1973, she graduated from Loma Linda University and joined the San Bernardino County Public Health Department for a fulfilling 20-year career. Naomi raised four daughters, encouraging each to attend college and choose a profession, which she called "a woman's best insurance." She was devoted to her family and drew them together with dinners and celebrations generously hosted over the years. Bridge and gardening were life-long passions that brought challenge, joy, and friendship. She was a long-term member and officer of the Inland Region Iris Society (IRIS) and Raincross Garden Club. She also served as a 15-year Mission Inn Docent. Immanuel was an important part of Naomi's life. She sent her children to the Day School and served as a Stephen Minister. Her Christian faith was central to her life. Her integrity and kindness inspired both affection and respect. She left behind a well-cared for family and a well-tended garden with the peach-colored iris "Belle of Provence" in full bloom.

Published in Press-Enterprise from June 8 to June 15, 2014
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