Naomi Irene Wysong was born November 23, 1914 on a farm three miles west of Harmon, Oklahoma. She peacefully passed from this life on October 31, 2002, at her home in Woodward. She was 87 years old. Naomi and her twin sister, Esther, were the youngest of ten children born to Jacob and Eliza Wysong.
As with most large families of that day, her early years were spent helping with farm chores and housework. The Kennebec country school served not only as her source of learning, but a place of worship on Sunday where Naomi, her parents and siblings attended Sunday school and church.
In 1929 after the lost of her father, the family moved to Arnett and at the age of fifteen, Naomi worked at the Lewright Cafe.
On December 21, 1931 Naomi was united in marriage to H. O. (Buck) Patterson at Fairview, Oklahoma. They established their home seven miles southeast of Harmon, where they lived forty-three years. Four children were born to Naomi and Buck; Clara, Richard, Patsy and Jo Ann all grew up on the family ranch. these were busy, happy years filled with hard work, lots of company and plenty of love and laughter.
Following the death of her husband, Buck in 1974, Naomi worked at the Harmon Cafe. She enjoyed the work and the comradeship of her Harmon friends and attending the Harmon Church of the Nazarene.
In December, 1976, Naomi married Claude Derrick. They made their home in Woodward and Naomi was delighted to gain five sons. She welcomed them with open arms. Clause, for the first time, had stepdaughters, a new experience for him. Many good times were shared by Claude and Naomi during their eight years of traveling and fun until Claude's death in 1984.
Naomi continued to live in their home in Woodward and became an active participant at the Woodward Senior Center. Never one to be bored or idle, she served on the Center's planning board, worked at the birthday dinners and the bazaar, was a yard of the month judge and helped with the Saturday night ten point pitch party. She has been a volunteer at the Center since 1989, an honor she was very proud of. Many enjoyable hours ere spent and friends made at events held at the Senior Citizens Center.
Naomi was a wonderful seamstress and a marvelous cook. She enjoyed reading, loved music, sports events, gardening and would beat you handily in a pitch game. Her household was always a have for family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, five sisters and three brothers, her husband, Buck Patterson and Claude Derrick, her beloved daughter, Clara Berry, and granddaughter, Kathy Steers.
She is survived by her twin sister, Esther Scott, of San Diego, California, her son Richard Patterson and wife Sidney of Arnett, daughters Patsy Murphy and husband Marshall of Leedey, Jo Ann Rohrer and husband Donald of Vici, son-in-law Harold Berry of Vici, seven special grand children and five great grandchildren. Her stepsons, Wilbur, Ron, Robert, Don and Larry Derrick and their families, her loyal friend. O. B. Gann of Woodward, whose friendship was beyond measure, several nieces, nephews, other relatives and a multitude of friends.
Services were held Monday, November 4th at the Vici Methodist Church with interment at the Harmon Cemetery. Services were conducted by Shaw Funeral Home of Vici.
Obit transcribed by Webmaster from unknown Ellis County newspaper submitted by Linda Fox
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