Naomi Neal was born in Grand Meadow, Minn., on Oct. 1, 1921. Her father, Ralph Neal, was a building contractor. Her mother, Margaret Fern Hartert Neal, was a homemaker. The family moved to Golden, Colo., in 1936.
She graduated from Golden High School in 1940. Naomi went to work for Remington Arms as an ammunition inspector to help with the war effort. During that time, she met John Robert â€œJackâ€ McMinn. He was from Red Lodge, Mont., and finished his higher education in 1942 at the Colorado School of Mines.
He entered the service and was appointed to the Officer Candidate School in Fort Belvoir, Va. Naomi and Jack were married in the Protestant Chapel on June 5, 1943. Jack McMinn was assigned to the Armyâ€™s oilfield battalion, which took the newlyweds to Camp Santa Anita, Calif.He was reassigned as a combat engineer in Camp Bowie, Texas, then as officer in charge of depots throughout the West Coast. Naomi enjoyed traveling with him to all the dif ferent stations. The couple returned to civilian life in Rangely, Colo., which started their oil field adventures throughout Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.
They eventually made their permanent home in Roswell.
Naomi was active in the Roswell Community Bible Study, Easel Club and Garden Club. For many years she hosted the weekly â€œkinshipâ€ small group Bible study in her home as a member of Grace Community Church, where she was also on the ladiesâ€™ prayer team. Naomi was well-known in Roswell for her artistic abilities, including watercolor exhibitions throughout the area and painting instruction in her home studio. Naomi and Jack have three children: Rory Alan McMinn, born in Vernal, Utah, Cary Neal McMinn and Megan Laura McMinn, both born in Roswell. Jack McMinn died on Dec 12, 1991. Naomi married August â€œGusâ€Stang on Oct. 16, 1995.
Naomi is preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Fern Neal; her first husband, John Robert â€œJackâ€ McMinn; second husband, August â€œGusâ€ Stang; and granddaughter, Abby Joanne McMinn, daughter of Cary and Shari McMinn. Naomiâ€™s surviving family members include her brother John Neal and his wife Mickey of Rifle, Colo.; son, Rory McMinn and his wife, Elaine, of Lincoln, and his daughter, Traci Loryn McMinn of Santa Fe; son, Cary McMinn and his wife, Shari, of Fort Morgan, Colo., and their children: Grant Neal, Justin Tavanor, Zane Robert, Hayley Margaret, Megan Stephanie, Eddie Lee, Destiny Renace, Taryn Naomi, Jesse Carl and Madison Fern McMinn, and Megan McMinn Heil and her husband, Gary, of Roswell and their sons: Lewis Edward Heil and his wife, Jessica, and their children, Eli Morgan and Eva Lynn Heil of Kalispell, Mont., and John Robert Heil and his fiancÃ©, Tonya Fuller, and her daughters: Krista and August of Shreveport, La. Naomiâ€™s former daughter -in-law is â€œMissyâ€ McMinn of Roswell. Naomiâ€™s surviving stepchildren include David Stang and Nancy Stang, both of Washington, D.C., and Paul Stang and his wife, Susan Share, of Anchorage, Alaska, and his son, Matthew, of Lafayette, Calif. During Naomi and Jackâ€™s life in Houston, Texas, Naomi came to know Jesus Christ as her Savior and Lord. Naomi was 89 years old at the time of her death. She died of complications related to leukemia.
Her memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., March 31, 2011, at Grace Community Church, 935 W. Mescalero Road. LaGrone Funeral Home is handling arrangements. She will be laid to rest at South Park Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Naomiâ€™s name to the Grace Community Church, 935 W. Mescalero, Roswell, NM 88201 or a charity of your choice. If friends would like to give their condolences online they may do so at www.lagronefuneralchapel s.com. Arrangments are under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.