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Naomi Jean Adams

October 30, 1922 - September 9, 2021
From: Manning, IA | Originally: Royal & Wahpeton, IA
Naomi Jean Adams

Naomi Jean Adams

Born: October 30, 1922
Died: September 9, 2021
Age: 98

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Naomi Jean Adams, the daughter of Henry and Martha (Paulsen) Jespersen, was born October 30, 1922 in rural Royal, Iowa.  Her childhood years were spent in Royal, where she received her education, graduating from Royal High School in 1940 as valedictorian of her class.  After high school, she worked as a telephone operator, just as did her mother.

     Naomi married Harry Adams on September 5, 1943 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Royal, IA.  After their marriage, they farmed from 1943 to 1986 near Royal. Three children blessed this marriage:  Nancy Kay, Ned J. and Jean Carol.  Naomi and Harry were active members of Bethlehem Lutheran Church.  She enjoyed playing cards, bowling, and competing at the fair.  Naomi was well known for her Danish puff pastries and spritz cookies.  During the farming years, their daughter, Nancy, was tragically killed in a car accident.

      Naomi and Harry retired to a lake home in Wahpeton in 1986, and enjoyed many years of boating and socializing with neighbors.  A visit to their home often involved fried chicken, cookies, coffee, playing pool and watching sporting events on TV.  Naomi was a fantastic cook!   Naomi and Harry were active members of First Lutheran Church of Milford during their retirement years.

     For the past two years, Naomi lived on Jean’s farm where she received personal care and assistance from Jean.  Naomi experienced a recent fall that broke her hip; it was repaired successfully by surgery, but she experienced a heart attack shortly thereafter.

     She passed away at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Carroll, Iowa on Thursday, September 9, 2021 at the age of 98.  Naomi was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harry in 2011; her daughter, Nancy Adams, son-in-law Mike Ferneding, and her siblings: Ruth Barnard, Eunice Binder, Donald Jespersen and Wesley Jespersen.

     Left to cherish her memory are her son, Ned (Donna) Adams of Ankeny, IA; her daughter, Jean Ferneding of Manning, IA; grandchildren Josh Adams (Julie Hughes) of Newtown, CT; Kelly Ferneding (Nathaniel Renteria) of Chicago, IL; Nick Adams of Denton, TX and John Ferneding of Templeton, IA; other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be held 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at the First Lutheran Church in Milford

Funeral Services can be viewed here:

Pastor Perry Aalgaard
Josh Adams
Julie Hughes
Kelly Ferneding
Nathaniel Renteria
John Ferneding
Mark Irwin
Visitation will begin 5:00 P.M., Tuesday Sept. 14 with the family present from 5 to 7:00 P.M., Tuesday Evening at the FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH IN MILFORD.
"How Great Thou Art"
"The Lord's Prayer"
By Kathy Van Pelt

Processional - "Amazing Grace"
                     "I Was There To Hear Your Borning Cry"
Recessional - "Onward Christian Soldiers"

PIANIST: Jennifer Johnson
North Lawn Memorial Park
Spencer, Iowa
A lunch and time of fellowship will be held immediately following the funeral services at the church.

Burial will be held 1:00 P.M., Tuesday following the lunch at the church.


Monday, September 20, 2021 at 7:19 AM
“Naomi was such a sweet lady and Mother. I was a high school friend of Nancy’s. Naomi came to our 50th class reunion to see all of Nancy’s classmates. She never forgot us and we never forgot Naomi. Nancy and Harry are welcoming her with open arms.”
- Joanne LeMaster Anderson
Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 2:40 PM
“Our family has wonderful memories of playing four square with Harry, receiving yummy plates of sweets made by Naomi and their kindness as neighbors. We were blessed to know Naomi’s spirit for life and love of family and friends. We will miss her. Thoughts and prayers go out to her family.”
- The Whade Family
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 12:06 PM
“Kelly & Family - I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved Naomi. I hope that you can find comfort during this difficult time in the warm memories of her. My deepest condolences for your loss. The Doyle Family”
- David Doyle
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 12:06 PM
“As Chuck and I have known Harry and Naomi for many years we will have great memories--What beautiful people and a lot learned from them. We will Cherish our visit with Naomi this past summer at Royal. Thanks Jean for bringing her. What a great time we had. At this time we are sending our Love and Deepest Sympathy. Beautiful person inside and out. ”
- Chuck and Donna (Christensen) Tielbur
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 8:02 AM
“Our hearts are heavy hearing of the passing of Naomi. She was a blessing to us as our next door neighbor. We have so many fond memories of her which we will always keep in our hearts. We loved her and will miss her deeply. ”
- Mark and Fritzi Irwin
Monday, September 13, 2021 at 8:27 PM
“Naomi was such a graceful role model; whether she was teaching us in Sunday School, serving apple cobbler, or lending a helping hand at Wahpeton. We felt her kindness and her service. ”
- Becky and Sheryl Knight
Monday, September 13, 2021 at 7:31 AM
“Naomi was such a special lady. She saw the positive side in everyone she met. Keep cherished memories close to you through the days ahead. Great Neighbor.”
- Jack Cuttell
Monday, September 13, 2021 at 7:31 AM
“To Naomi's family, my sincere sympathy. Remember, "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted", Math. 5:4. I am sure you are all thankful for her long, full life. She shared the Danish pastry recipe with me many years ago and it's still my favorite. May your happy memories comfort you.”
- Sara Suda
Monday, September 13, 2021 at 7:31 AM
“Dear Family, I have very fond memories of both Naomi & Harry from when they lived on the farm to their lake home in the summers. Naomi was such a wonderful cook and so kind. The boat rides and learning to ski were some of the best times ever! Fly high, God Bless.”
- Julie Peterson
Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 3:36 PM
“I used to tease my Aunt Naomi and say "the cookie lady is here". She never showed up empty handed when she came to visit my Mom. When asked her secret recipe, Aunt Naomi said, "It's all the butter." I think it might have been all the love. My deepest condolences to you Ned and Jean and Josh and Kelly and Donna. "May flights of angels sing her to her rest."”
- Martha Barnard
Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 3:36 PM
“Deepest Sympathies in this time of loss, know we are thinking of you and your family as you grieve this loss.”
- Jim & Paula Blankman Family
Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 10:20 AM
“Ned, Donna and Jean, We are so sorry to hear about Naomi! She was beautiful inside and out! Always was a happy woman and with a smile! She was happy to see you and visit anytime and a very grateful woman! You have our sympathy!!!! Love you all! ”
- Gayle & Bryan Bailey
Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 10:20 AM
“Our hearts are broken at the loss of Naomi. She was just the sweetest lady and we will miss her so much. May she rest in peace with Harry.❤”
- Shirley Selzer
Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 2:59 PM
“Ned, Jean and families, I am so sorry to hear about Naomi. She was so good to the Cuttell and will be missed by many. I think about Nancy often and she will welcome her Mom in heaven.”
- JoAnn Coakley
Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 12:40 PM
“Dear Family,
I did not know Naomi real well except when I worked at Northshire her sister Eunice lived there. Naomi and her sister Ruth came very often and took Eunice out or just brought treats for Eunice. What great sisters they were. Always so very kind.. know I am thinking of you ..Love and Prayers.
- Jackie Mann
Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 12:15 PM
“I am sorry for your loss. Naomi was such a dear woman of faith. She and Harry were so kind to Pastor Vaage and I while they lived in Wahpeton and worshiped at First Lutheran. May her lovely and kind spirit be remembered. May you be comforted that she is in the Lord’s care. ”
- DeeAnn Vaage
Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 8:13 AM
“My grandmother, Naomi, was a font of gentleness and love. I am so grateful to have had 41 years of her support and guidance. It was a marvel to watch her do everything from melt the defenses of stony faced strangers to support dozens of her closest friends and family when tragedy visited, and everything in between. Naomi's steady optimism and perserverance made life for all those in her orbit a little better. She carried the loss of so many closer to her, particularly Harry, Nancy, Ruth, and Bob, and showed us how to endure with grace. We'll deeply miss her. Rest in peace, grandma.”
- Josh Adams and Julie Hughes
Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 8:12 AM
“Naomi was an integral part of the Women of Wahpeton over many years and a Blessing to all who were privileged to know her. May Peace and Comfort be with her Family at this difficult time.”
- Molly Mulqueen
Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 8:12 AM
“I extend my sympathy to Naomi's family and her friends who loved her. She brought light into any room or conversation and that is a gift. I will miss her kindness and sweet smile. Peace to you.”
- Laura Hanna
Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 8:12 AM
“Naomi will be missed by all that knew her. She was a very nice, kind lady.”
- Donna/Tom Malmgren
Friday, September 10, 2021 at 6:22 PM
“Aunt Naomi was such a sweet lady; I always loved it when she’d turn her head and smile slightly when someone was telling one of her Harry’s crazy antics! She loved all of us who married into her family, like we were her own. We were all blessed by having her as our aunt, and SO enjoyed all the delicious goodies she always had made up!! She can rest now, knowing she was so loved. 🥰”
- Bob & Nira Rusk
Friday, September 10, 2021 at 2:50 PM
“We will miss this wonderful lady. She truly will be at the right of God.”
- Denny Thomas and Family
Friday, September 10, 2021 at 10:20 AM
“Our dear beloved Naomi is with Jesus!! She has experienced a beautiful life of 98 years!! We spent abundant times sharing with her, and in the past with Harry, reminiscing over the blessings in life. We missed seeing her one more time but rejoice in her journey to her heavenly home. May God give her family a wonderful celebration of her life!! J & R”
- Ron & June Bryan
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