She was born in Kendall, Wisconsin, in 1923 and lived in the mid-West until she moved to the Rio Grande Valley in the 1940s. In her early years in the Valley, Naomi was employed by H.E Butt, Sr. at the HEB Canning Plant in Harlingen. She then worked many years in the citrus industry assisting her husband, Earl W. Caldwell. She also spent over 20 years as an employee of the Smith, Fankhauser, Voigt & Watson accounting firm in Mission and McAllen.
Following the example set by her mother, Naomi spent her lifetime doing for others.
Naomi was predeceased by her husband, Earl, and her parents, Dr. Charles and Christine Yates.
She is survived by sons James (Karolyn) of Mission, Larry of Albuquerque, N.M., and Dr. Jon Caldwell of Amarillo, and a daughter, Charlene Caldwell, also of Albuquerque, N.M. Other survivors include seven grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews, including Carol Cook of Mission.
A graveside Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 28, at Valley Memorial Gardens, on North Taylor Road, Mission. Per their mother’s wishes, the family will receive visitors at the Caldwell home following the service. Arrangements are under the direction of Ric Brown Family Funeral Home in Mission.
The family thanks Naomi’s home care provider, friends, and the health care professionals who assisted her in the later years of her life.
A beautiful light has gone out on earth and now shines brightly in Heaven.