Rebecca "Becky" Naman (1919 - 2018)

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Rebecca "Becky" Naman died peacefully in her sleep at the age of 98 on November 11, 2018 at Pioneer House assisted living. Becky a life-long native of California was born in Fresno on November 20, 1919 to John and Margaret Hachigian. She was the youngest child and was preceded in death by both her parents and older siblings. She and her husband, LeRoy S. (Roy) Naman (deceased 2010) were married at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral on October 17, 1942 and remained members ever since. They were married 68 years. Becky is survived by her daughter, Shirley Conrad (Jim) of Converse, Texas and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She attended schools in Fresno, California through Fresno High School and Fresno Junior college, following which she came to Sacramento in 1939 to work for the State of California in the State Relief Administration. After a short stint there, she went to work as a civilian for the United States Air Force at McClellan Air Force Base on February 7, 1941. Becky was on duty on Sunday, December 7, 1941, in the Civilian Personnel Office at McClellan AFB when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. She held various supervisory/ managerial positions of increasing responsibility in the Civilian Personnel Office and retired as the Chief, Data Management & Support Section in February, 1979 after 38 years of service. Becky's interest in aging problems and community services spanned nearly six decades. She considered "gerontology" to be her avocation. In the 1960s, it became in vogue to give sophisticated retirement planning to employees and she introduced pre-retirement planning classes at McClellan. Becky was a strong advocate and tireless volunteer of aging programs ever since. She demonstrated that growing older and being "retired" doesn't mean being inactive. During the 1970s, she was an original member of the Sacramento County Commission on Aging which helped designate the Area 4 Agency on Aging (A4AA) which services 7 counties. For 30 years, she was on the A4AA Council including serving as chairperson twice. Becky received gubernatorial appointments in 1984 to the California Commission on Aging (CCOA) and served as the chairperson and in 1990, to the California State Employment Training Panel. She was also on the California Medical Review, Inc., Beneficiary Advisory Committee, Northern Region, San Francisco which had oversight of the Medicare system. In addition to her involvement with numerous local, countywide, multi county and state councils, boards and commissions, Becky's other community activities were widespread. Although not an inclusive list, other community volunteer activities included the United Way, Volunteer Bureau, Tierra del Oro Girl Scout Council, Tuesday Club, McClatchy High School PTA, and CSUS affiliates. For over 70 years, she was a member of both the Ada Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star; and the Menzaleh Temple, Daughters of the Nile. She was a member of the Soroptimist Club of Sacramento, North for over 50 years and served in various club offices including President. At Trinity Cathedral, her legacy of volunteer service enriched the church in numerous ways. She organized and staffed the coffee hour after Sunday services, assisted brides and their families at rehearsal and wedding ceremonies, led the flower committee for years, and served on the board of the Trinity and Pioneer Homes (RHF board). At her retirement in 1979, she received the US Air Force Civilian Meritorious Service Medal. In 1985 the United Way of Sacramento honored Becky with the Thomas Allen Memorial Award, the organization's highest award for community retiree volunteers. The A4AA added her to their Honor Roll in 1994. Trinity Cathedral awarded her the Dean's Award in 2009. Becky was a gracious hostess who enjoyed entertaining family and friends in her home. However, she was an equally thoughtful guest, never arriving late or empty handed. She loved attending San Francisco's and then Sacramento's Broadway shows and had season tickets for years. Becky was always "on the go." She might be traveling throughout the state on "official" business with her volunteer responsibilities or visiting family and friends. She traveled with Roy throughout the US and in over 40 countries. Her favorite travel adventures were cruises because she had to unpack only once. Burial was private. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2019, at 1:00 pm at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 2620 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, California 95816. In lieu of flowers, donations in Becky's memory may be made to the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Memorial Fund, or a . Arrangements by George L. Klumpp Chapel of Flowers.
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Published in The Sacramento Bee from Jan. 11 to Jan. 18, 2019