Naomi Marie Rowell Turpin, 86, of Amarillo, passed away with her husband by her side on December 16, 2016.
Memorial services will be at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, in First Christian Church, 3001 Wolflin Avenue, with Barry Loving officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Naomi was born July 9, 1930 in Lefors, Texas to Roddie Roy and Grace Lou Johnson Rowell, the second of seven children. She married Joseph Edward Turpin on April 19, 1951 at Pleasant Valley Christian Church and was a member of The Christian Church, Disciples of Christ from her youth. She served in many capacities in churches where she was a member, the last and longest being First Christian Church, Amarillo since 1957. Naomi devoted much of her life to the service of others within many committees and groups, including Stephen Ministry, while a member of First Christian Church, Amarillo. She spent most of her married life as a partner with her husband, Joe, in farming and ranching. She worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company as a switchboard operator before her marriage and then devoted her life and efforts to her family. After her children were away from home, she worked for Bivins Nursing Home in the dietary department. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, participating in all aspects of these relationships. She was especially proud of the fact that her children and grandchildren were all university graduates or on the way to being university graduates. Naomi and Joe both graduated from Amarillo High School in 1948 and were partners for life, in that when one undertook a task the other one assisted in any way possible. Together they built the home in which they lived the remainder of her life. She helped their children and grandchildren in school activities, 4H, band, homemaking, and many other aspects of their lives and supported them in their adult lives in any way she could. She helped others outside of her own family in a quiet, supportive way. She rarely said “no” to anyone asking for help with activities, service projects, or just wanting to be a friend.
She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Roddie Ruth Bowers Eubanks and Mary Francis McAninch; and brother, David Lou Rowell, a victim of the war in Vietnam.
Naomi is survived by her husband, Joe; their children Stephen Edward Turpin and wife Patrice Goodkind of Los Alamos, New Mexico and her children Sara Goodkind and husband Jeff Shook and children Maya and Zack of Pittsburgh, and Jessica Goodkind and son Calvin of Albuquerque; Nedra Ann McGee and husband Raymond and their children Rayanne of Texline and Katherine, Joseph and wife Natalie of Fort Worth; and Mary Jo Stein and husband Mark and their children Michael, William and Margaret of Argyle, Texas. She is also survived by her sisters, Ann DiTommaso and husband John of Jackson, Wyoming and Scottsdale, Arizona and Rebeka ”Becky” Hersom and husband Danny of Amarillo, her brother Don Rowell of Silver Springs, Nevada and many relatives and friends across the nation.
The family suggests memorials be directed to First Christian Church, Amarillo, 3001 Wolflin Ave 79109; BSA Hospice of the Southwest, 5211 SW 9th Suite 100, 79106; or a charity of your choice.