Woodward County Obituaries

Naomi Faye (McAlister) Allen
30 Aug 1927 - 20 Jul 1997
Woodward News
22 Jul 1997 Page 3

Naomi F. Allen

Naomi F. Allen, 69 year old Woodward resident died at her hone on Sunday, July 20, 1997. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 p.m. (as printed in paper) Tuesday in the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with Melvin Rittenhouse officiating. Burial will follow in the Elmwood cemetery with the Billings Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Naomi Faye McAlister Allen was born on August 30, 1927 in Freedom, Oklahoma; the daughter of Orvin and Lola (Pancoast) McAlister. She attended and graduated from Freedom HIgh School in 1946. She attended Northwestern State College in Alva and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1950. On August 6, 1950, she was married to Leland M. Allen in Alva. They made their home in Alva where Naomi began teaching as a elementary teacher. They moved to Oklahoma City where Leland could finish Medical Laboratory School. In August of 1952, they returned to Alva. In 1953, they moved to Woodward. Naomi started a preschool in her home in 1957and taught kindergarten in 1959-60. She began teaching in the Woodward Public school system in 1967 and the Title Three Program in 1967. In 1979, Naomi was elected "Teacher of the Year". She taught a total of 19 years with 18 of those years in the Woodward school system. She was a member of the NEA, OEA, WCEA, and WACT professional organizations. She retired from teaching in 1984. Her greatest concern was for children who had a learning difficulty. She also continued to search for new knowledge and methods in working with Learning Disabled Children.

Naomi received a plaque commemorating 10 years of service to needy through the Woodward Community Pantry in 1995.

She was a member of the R.L.D.S. Church and a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority.

Survivors include her husband Leland of the home; two daughters, Nancy Baker, and husband Richard of Alice, Texas; Susan Whitehead and husband Bruce of Friendswood, Texas; four grandchildren, Marty Baker, Melanie Little and husband Bryan, Matthew Whitehead and Ryan Whitehead; her step-mother, Viola Marquette of San Diego, California.

She was proceeded in death by her parents, step-father, Dr. C. R. Young, one sister, Betty and one brother, Billy.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Woodward Educational Foundation or to the R.L. D. S. Church Women's Department with the funeral home acting as custodian.

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