Naomi Ruth Branch-Hicks-Gerdts was born 28 September 1923 and passed away 7 November 2010 at her home in Lemon Grove, California. Naomi was born in St. Mary, hospital in Jefferson City, Missouri. She was the only one of the siblings that was born in a hospital. Her siblings names were Leroy Branch, Jack Armstrong and Janet Miller. Naomiís parents were Claude C. Branch and Rewey Drinkard of Holt Summit, Missouri.
Naomi and her siblings were placed in an orphanage in Carolton, Missouri. Naomi later came to California with family members at the age of thirteen. During World War Two, Naomi was a riveter at Rohr Aircraft in Chula Vista, Ca. Naomi was also a foster mom to many children for ten years. She was a life member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 434, Chula Vista, Ca. for 57 years, Holding the office of president for three terms, secretary and treasurer for nine years, and many other Legion chairmanship offices. Naomi had a passion for veterans and their families. She was an active member of Salon 141 and 8/40 for 51 years. In Salon 141, she held the office of Chapeau for three terms.
Also, Naomi was a life member of Disabled American Veterans (DAV). Naomiís labor of love also included 20 years volunteer service for the (VA) hospital in La Jolla, California.
She was a Girl Scout leader for the MicMac Tribe for the years of 1956-1962.
Naomi is preceded in death by her husbands, Richard P. Hicks and George B. Gerdts, Brothers: Leroy Branch and Jack Armstrong, and foster daughter Donna Johnson Simmington.
Naomi is survived by son, Richard Hicks Jr. and his wife Mary, and daughter, Linda L. Woolfolk (Evan Orlandi). She is also survived by six grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Her ashes will be entered at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, Ca.
When her health permitted, she loved to attend the Golden Circle Bible Class at the Lighthouse Baptist Church.
She will be greatly missed by her dog Sadie whom she adored.
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