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Naomi Gertrude Osborn

February 24, 1929 — June 13, 2017

Naomi Gertrude Osborn

February 24, 1929 – June 13, 2017

The Most Wonderful Wife, Mom, Grandma and Great-Grandma Ever.

BENKELMAN, Nebraska—Naomi ("Omie") Gertrude Osborn, age 88, of Benkelman, Nebraska, passed away June 13, 2017 at the Hester Home in Benkelman.

She was born to Minor and Maxine Lavell at their home in Rollins County, Kansas, on February 24, 1929. She attended McDonald High School and then began working in Benkelman, Nebraska.
She met the love of her life, William L. Osborn, at the skating rink in Benkelman and they married on April 30, 1949, at the Methodist Parsonage in Benkelman, Nebraska. They made their home in Benkelman and were blessed to have two children, Judy and Randy.

Naomi put her heart and soul in everything she did, including the jobs that she held. She was a hard-working stay-at-home mom while her kids were young. As they grew older, she worked at Moses Drug Store, the A&W Drive Inn, was an assistant manager alongside her husband at Dundy County Bowling Lanes, and enjoyed working at Atens Department Store.

Naomi's greatest joy was her family. She was the best mom, grandma and great grandma she could be. She loved playing with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She always enjoyed whatever she did and could make anything seem like more fun. She loved to dance with her favorite partner, Bill, and they went to dances around Benkelman with friends and family. She was a formidable card player at Rook, pinochle and pitch. When she and Bill were managing the bowling alley, they both became good bowlers and bowled on teams as well as going to bowling tournaments all over Nebraska and in Denver. She was a member of the Rebekahs, traveling statewide with the organization. In addition to her family, Naomi's greatest love was traveling – her trips took her, Bill, the kids, grandkids and other family members throughout Nebraska, Kansas, to the Black Hills, Yellowstone National Park, Hawaii, Branson, Missouri, Illinois, Arizona, Washington, Disneyland, Las Vegas and her only trip out of the country to Victoria Island in Canada.

She was an amazing and wonderful lady, with an incredible personality. She was beautiful on the inside as well as the outside. Her exuberant personality held people captive, with smiles and laughter. Her life was full of laughter and love and she is an irreplaceable blessing to her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She touched so many hearts over the years and always enjoyed meeting people wherever she went. She has always been quite a memorable lady! She lived a beautiful and full life and will be incredibly missed - her memory is forever etched in the hearts of her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Minor and Maxine Lavell; husband, Bill; sisters, Lodema McEvoy, Betty Williams, Leanna Dean, Lorene Moffitt; and great grandson Mason Naimo. Surviving her are: daughter, Judy Samuelson and husband, Curt of Littleton, Colorado; son Randy Osborn and wife, Judy, of Cottonwood, Arizona; grandchildren Danielle Miscio and husband, Matt, and great-grandchildren, Ryan and Cara of Superior, Colorado; Angie Klein and husband, Phil, and great-grandchildren, Grace, Caleb and Joshua, of Gilbert, Arizona; Stephanie Naimo and husband, Anthony, and great grandchildren Ella, Bennett, Griffin and Grady of Camarillo, California; Chad Osborn and wife, Sara and great-grandchildren Macy and Sydney, of Chandler, Arizona. She is also survived by her brother, Eugene Lavell and wife Jessica, of Central Point, Oregon, and his family.

Naomi’s request was to be cremated and a memorial service to celebrate her life will be held on July 1, 2017, at 11 a.m. (MT) at the Benkelman Community Center, in Benkelman, Nebraska.

No visitation; cremation was chosen.

Memorials may be made to the Presbyterian Church or the Dundy County Senior Center.

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

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