Naomi Jean Heidner, 90, Michigan Valley: Sept. 24, 1926 – Jan. 25, 2017

MICHIGAN VALLEY, Kan. – Naomi Heidner, also known as Nemo, 90, passed away January 25, 2017, in Mesa, Ariz. She was born the daughter of Frank and Ruby (Walker) Adams on Sept. 24, 1926, at the family farm in Michigan Valley, Kan., now known as Adams Grove at Pomona State Lake.

She graduated from Michigan Valley High School and Kansas City Floral School of Design. She operated her own business with floral work and cake decorating. She was a talented person with home decorating.

She was known for her fabulous cooking and cooked at Appanoose Grade School and Ottawa Hospital. She worked at Pomona State Park and retired after several years working at Ned Hiatt’s RV near the lake.

Later in life she married Lloyd Heidner and they made their home for 15 years in Pomona, Kan. They enjoyed traveling around the United States and special trips to Europe, and Alaska. Nemo moved to Mesa and lived near her son and daughter-in-law, Janet, the past 14 years. Her daughter, Pam Torre, lives in Florida. She enjoyed the warm states and frequently traveled to and from.

She is survived by two children, Jim Gingerich, Mesa, and Pam Gingerich Torre, Vero Beach, Fla.; a sister, Tony (Adams) Walburn; a brother Don Adams; four grandchildren, Tona (Gingerich) Felzien, Tamera (Gingerich) Rhynshoven, Trisha Torre and Doug Crable, and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, George Gingerich; parents, Frank and Ruby Adams; a sister, Phyllis (Adams) Fanning; and a son, Geo Gingerich.

Graveside funeral services were held Feb. 1 at Woodlawn Cemetery, Pomona.

The family requests her wishes be respected and in lieu of flowers suggest donations to the Methodist Church, Pomona, sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 14, Ottawa, KS 66067.


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