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Naomi Brown

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[November 19, 2009]  Naomi Alice Brimberry Brown, 86, of Lincoln, passed away from this life on Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, at Lincoln Christian Nursing Home.

A private family service will be on Dec. 3 in Palestine, Ill.

A memorial service will be at Jefferson Street Christian Church in Lincoln on Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. with Dr. Gary Bussman and Ryan Edgecomb officiating. Visitation will be from 3 to 4 p.m., prior to the service.

Naomi and her husband lived in Hammond, Ind., El Segundo, Calif., and Tustin, Calif., before retiring in Lincoln in 1990. Before retirement, Naomi managed a large apartment complex for 12 years while in California.

She was born Oct. 31, 1923, in Palestine, Ill., to Joseph and Alice Biggs Brimberry. She married Irven Floyd Brown on Sept. 12, 1942, in Mattoon. They had been married nearly 50 years when he died in August 1992.

She is survived by their three daughters and their spouses, Aliceann (and Phil) Muller of Falls Church, Va., Elaine (and Larry) Woolard of Lincoln and Katherine (and Jim) Keslin of Crown Point, Ind.; her grandchildren and their spouses, Rachel (and Tim) Marten of Lincoln, Tim (and Janell) Woolard of Hartsburg and Sarah (and Rob) Peterson of Crown Point, Ind.; and six great-grandchildren, Emma and Kyra, Dustin and Allison, Kyle and Kelsey.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and four sisters.

She attended Jefferson Street Christian Church.

After retirement from full-time work, Naomi made a difference by working with the elderly in the Foster Grandparent program and by volunteering at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.

She graduated from Palestine High School, where she participated in basketball, field hockey, playing the bass drum in the marching band, developed beautiful penmanship through her writing classes and was elected to the National Honor Society.

She had a beautiful singing voice and particularly loved vocal music, especially the classical and sacred genres. She loved to sing hymns. She instilled this love of music in her three daughters, who each have found their own way of pursing vocal music in adult life.

In honor of Naomi, a scholarship fund in her name was established in 2004, enabling talented high school students to participate in a semiprofessional classical chorus.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Jefferson Street Christian Church, The Christian Village or the Alzheimer's Foundation.

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