Waco, Texas – Naomi Devlin, 88, passed away Saturday, June 23, 2007, in Waco.
Naomi was born July 16, 1918 in Modesto, CA to Bill and Grace Carmen Isel. She had an extraordinary childhood traveling and performing with her family in Vaudeville (Pantages Circuit). While performing in Galveston in the mid-30’s, she met and married William “Bill” Devlin. She wanted her children to have a permanent home and to go to a regular school, so she said, “I am staying put,” and did so until she was in her 70’s. She then moved to Southern California to be near her daughter and her family. The last 6 months of her life she spent in Waco, TX near her son and his wife.
Naomi worked for many years at American National, and at the school cafeteria. She wanted to do more, so she went back to school and earned her Associates Degree and became a Teacher’s Aid at Rosenberg Elementary School until her retirement. She also enjoyed private tutoring well into her 60’s. Naomi always enjoyed dancing, painting and traveling around the world with her children and grandchildren. She always made her family feel that they were the most special family in the world.
Preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Virginia “Ginny” Devlin; brother, Bill; son-in-law, Raymond Lopez; and grandson-in-law, Steve Hall, she is survived by son, William “Willy” Devlin and wife Sheila; son, Michael Devlin and wife Nancy; daughter-in-law, Doris Devlin; grandchildren: Luanne Parker and husband Earl, Joe Devlin and wife Bonnie, Melinda “Mindi” Devlin, Kim Devlin, Kele Giles and husband Mike, Kristy Zepeda and husband Jason, Sandy Shaw and Steve Carrillo; great grandchildren, Ryan Parker, Rachael Devlin, Lynsey Parker, Heather Tenly, Alex Devlin, Austin Tenly, Mikah Giles, Devlin Zepeda and Jett Giles; sister, Ruth Peterson and husband Dave, nieces, nephews, and a lifetime of friends.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:00pm Thursday, June 27, 2007 at Malloy & Son Funeral Home with burial following in Hitchcock, TX.
Pallbearers will be members and friends of the family.
Naomi was very devoted to her family, friends and students. She will be remembered fondly by all that knew her.