Naomi Florence Presley died peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2001, surrounded by her loved ones in her Happy Valley home. She was 64.
Mrs. Presley will be buried in the American Legion Cemetery in Ninilchik on Friday at 2 p.m. A memorial service will be held at the Ninilchik Fairgrounds on Saturday.
She was born in Fort Defiance, Ariz. on Sept. 3, 1937. She attended McKinley High School in Gallup, N.M. She became the wife of Gary Presley in 1953 and they moved to Happy Valley together in 1959. She worked for the Inlet View Restaurant for three years, where she prepared and served meals. She then became a bus driver for Laidlaw, where she enjoyed the children very much. She was diagnosed with cancer in 1998, and was deeply saddened when she was forced to retire after 27 years of service.
"Naomi was a vibrant woman who enjoyed spending her time working outside in the greenhouse or garden. When she was not gardening, you might find her inside practicing needlepoint, or working busily on crafty projects that were displayed throughout her immaculate home. She attended services regularly at The Church of Christ in Anchor Point, Alaska, where her presence brought warm smiles to many faces. She embraced many people, and welcomed them into her family as if they were her own. She was also very active in school activities, supporting her children in sports and academics. Her eldest grandson, Sean Presley, gives her a very special award as 'Grandmother of the Century'," the family said.
"She was one of the most Christian ladies I have ever met, and she always had a kind word for all that knew her. Our mother will be truly missed by all," her daughter Gail said.
Mrs. Presley is survived by her loving husband, Gary Presley, of Happy Valley; mother, Edna Tecklenburg of Gallup, N.M.; sister, Gayle Hicks of Howe, Okla.; son, Dan and his wife Gail Presley of Happy Valley; son, Keith and his wife Tess of Ninilchik; daughter, GariLyn and husband Randell Anderson of Casa Grande, Ariz. She also has 12 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Memorial donations will be accepted at the Providence House at 320 Providence Drive, Anchorage, AK 99519-6604.
Arrangements were made by the Homer Funeral Home.
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