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Naomi Marie Taylor Brown

Naomi Marie Taylor

May 21, 1939
January 1, 2019

Visitation 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 5, 2018 - Irvin Macz Funeral Home, Centralia
Funeral 11:00 a.m. - Saturday, January 5, 2018 - Irvin Macz Funeral Home, Centralia

Naomi Marie Taylor Brown was born in Centralia on May 21, 1939. She was the 2nd of 6 children born to the late Helen Taylor and Henry “Doc” Leake. Naomi departed this life on January 1, 2019 at 10:46 A.M.

She leaves behind her cherished legacy, her daughter, Kimberly (Derrick) Staton of Chicago, IL; grandson, Erik Staton of Oak Park, IL; granddaughter, Kourtney of Chicago, IL; devoted sisters, Alfreda Young, and Terry Bates of Centralia, IL; sisters-in-law, Sylvia Frazier of Orland Park, IL, Rosetta Brown, and Georgia Brown of Chicago, IL, Janie Brown of Plainfield, IL, Katie Brown of Country Club Hills, IL; loyal nephew, Vett Bates of Centralia, IL; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends that will all miss her dearly.
Naomi was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Helen; and three siblings, Leonard, Pamela, and Henry (Roach).

In 1957 Naomi graduated Co-Valedictorian from Centralia High School. As a kid, she loved sports, most would say she was a bit of a tomboy. She enjoyed playing baseball with her brothers and friends until the sun went down. Her love of sports lead her to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL, where she also pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She eventually obtained a Master’s in Education from SIU and went on to pursue a Doctorate from Indiana University Northwest in Gary, IN.

Upon graduation from SIU, Naomi moved to Gary, IN where she taught Physical education at Tolleston High School. In December 1962, she married Edward Jewell Brown. From this union, one daughter was born, Kimberly Rene’.

While in Gary, Naomi was actively involved in athletics. At Tolleston, she was head of the Girl’s Athletic Association as well as the girl’s cheerleading, volleyball and basketball coach. She ended her career at West Side High School where she remained involved with coaching and was also the Assistant Athletic Director. As a PE teacher, Naomi was stern and strict. She felt Physical Education was as important as Math. Throwing out a ball to her students was not an option. She taught her students skills as well as the history of all sports ranging from cricket to basketball. She could even be found playing horse with the students from time to time. She was an avid bowler as well.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, January 5, 2019 at the Irvin Macz Funeral Home in Centralia with Rev Ronald Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Centralia. Repast will follow at New Bethel Church. Friends and family are invited to a visitation time from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service on Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made in Naomi’s honor to Multiple Sclerosis Association. Online condolences and memories of Naomi may be shared with the family by visiting and/or on the funeral home’s Facebook page.