NAOMI PEARSON LOPEZ
1926 - 2021
BORN
1926
DIED
2021
FUNERAL HOME
Bonney-Watson
16445 International Boulevard
SeaTac, WA
Naomi Marchant Pearson Lopez

(Naomi) passed peacefully on

October 31, 2021 in her home at the

age of 95. She was born on August

10, 1926, on the family dairy farm

two miles outside of Oakley, Utah.

Naomi was the youngest of thirteen

children (10 which survived to adulthood)

of Levi Pearson (his two predeceased

wives) and Mary Marchant. After the death of her

brother at two years of age, she

was the answer to the family's

prayers when she was born and

consequently the entire family doted

on "the beautiful red-headed baby".

Living in a small town she had one

sister who was her fifth grade

teacher and a brother who was the

principal at the neighboring high

school. Her best friend was her

niece. During high school, Naomi

used her hard-earned savings of

$100 dollars to take flying lessons at

$10 per lesson. On the 10th lesson,

she soloed then retired from active

piloting. Having placed second in a

statewide 4H contest for dressmaking,

Naomi graduated from South

Summit High School in May 1944

and received a 4H scholarship to attend

Utah State College. In 1948,

Naomi graduated from Utah State

with a degree in foods and nutrition,

to the chagrin of her brothers who

thought she should major in a science.

Naomi was amember of Phi

U, the honorary Home Economics

sorority. While at Utah State, Naomi met

her future husband N. Edward

Lopez, who was recently discharged

from the Army Air Corps, and attending

college on the GI bill.

Naomi and Ed were married in

Logan Utah in 1947. Following the

birth of their first child Nolan in

1949 and Robert in 1950, Naomi and

Ed moved their young family to

Seattle, Washington in May 1951

when Ed took a job at the Boeing

Airplane Company. In 1953 and 1954

to help support the family, Naomi

worked at Table Foods, a company

that made store branded products

for Safeway. Having excelled in

chemistry, Naomi was in charge of

the company laboratory that tested

the food products as well as other

parts of the plant. Naomi temporarily

left the work force when

her daughter Marilee was born in

1954 and her last child Ron was

born in 1957. In 1960 and 1961

Naomi worked for Highline Hospital

as a relief dietitian. In 1962 she

moved to Standring Osteopathic

Hospital where she was the part

time kitchen manager and dietitian.

In 1962 Naomi left the work force to

raise her family. When her last

child left for college in 1976, Naomi

went to work for Senior Services of

Seattle, where she supervised

"meals on wheels" as well as dozens

of senior centers around King

County. After a 20-year career, she

retired in 1996. Naomi loved to entertain, decorate

and garden. Her home, her family

and her friends were her pride and

joy. She enjoyed putting on a feast

and spending time with her family

and friends. Her yard was always

well tended and over the years she

belonged to garden clubs and loved

the connections and information she

gained. She had a can do spirit that

had her up on her roof clearing

leaves and gutters well into her 80s

(and was properly chastised by her

family and contractors for doing

so). She was a fabulous seamstress

and tailor. She started swimming

regularly in her 50s after major

back surgery and continued until

Highline Swim Club closed. In addition

she was a voracious reader and

belonged to at least one book club

that she attended up until the last

few years of her life.

Naomi and Ed loved the Pacific

Northwest including boating, hiking,

snow skiing, water skiing and camping

with the family. They were avid

and accomplished ballroom dancers.

As active members of Lake Burien

Presbyterian Church commencing

in the 1950s, Naomi and Ed enjoyed

a wonderful community of many

other young couples who became

life-long friends. With the kids

grown up, they travelled extensively,

enjoying trips to Thailand, China,

Mexico and Spain.

After 41 years of marriage, in

1988, Naomi's husband, Ed passed

away. Several years later, Naomi

ran into an old Lake Burien friend

from the 1950s, Bill Dow who was

also widowed. Naomi and Bill spent

the next 20 or so years together as a

couple splitting their time between

her home and Bainbridge Island.

Naomi and Bill enjoyed traveling

(extensively) together, watching the

Mariners, attending UW football

games as well as visiting with their

respective families and many

grandchildren. As a devoted companion,

Naomi helped care for Bill

until his death at 98 in 2013.

In her final days and weeks,

Naomi was surrounded by her children

and grandchildren. She was

preceded in death by her husband

Ed, her son Nolan and his wife

Dora and all of her siblings. Naomi

is survived by her son Robert Lopez

(and his wife Adrienne Salvail), her

daughter Marilee Barth (and her

husband Thomas A. Barth) and her

son Ronald Lopez (and his wife

Angela Karikas) and her grandchildren,

Jaclyn Jutlia (her husband

Jerry), Katherine Barth, Thomas E.

Barth, Alyssa Lopez and Alexandra

Lopez as well as a great grandson

Dalton Jutlia. In addition Sean

Weckhorst, her step great-grandson

and his partner and children as well

as step grandson Patrick Martinez

and step granddaughter Jessica

Martinez and their families.

We would like to thank hermany

caregivers from Comfort Keepers

over the last few years of her life

including Patsie, Christine, Laura,

Ann, Georgeann, and Sandra.

A memorial service is planned for

November 27 at 11am at Bonney

Watson Memorial Park, 16445

International Blvd, SeaTac, WA.

Any Remembrances may be made

to Swedish Hospital Cancer Institute

(747 Broadway, Seattle, 98122) or a

charity of your choice.
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MEMORIAL EVENTS
Nov
27
Memorial service
11:00a.m. - 12:00p.m.
Bonney-Watson
16445 International Boulevard, SeaTac, WA
Nov
27
Graveside service
12:00p.m. - 12:30p.m.
Bonney-Watson
16445 International Boulevard, SeaTac, WA
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