Naomi Eldred Taber
SIDNEY CENTER — Naomi Isabel Eldred was born on the family farm on March 9, 1919, to Archie and Mabel (Rous) Eldred and her entire youth was spent in the family’s beloved Butternut Valley above Morris.
Along with her many siblings, Naomi attended the District No. 2 one-room school where her father was a board member. Upon the completion of the new centralized Morris school, she attended there, and graduated in 1938. Some of her fondest memories were of playing basketball with her sisters for Morris, under the direction of coach Clement.
In 1939, she married Harry Strong Taber in the Baptist Church in Morris and the couple moved to Laurens. With the coming of war in 1941, they moved to the village of Sidney and raised a family.
When it was announced in 1951, that Sidney had voted to build a new elementary school she applied for a position in the school’s cafeteria. When the school opened in 1953, she was the chief dietitian, a position she held for many years.
In 1956, the family moved to the farm in Sidney Center where she would live the rest of her life. Naomi was a league bowler in Sidney and an avid roller skater until well into her 60s. She loved to sew and her hooked rugs and crafts won awards at several county fairs.
In later years, Naomi and Harry spent their winters in Ruskin, Fla., and returned to the farm in summer. She was active and healthy almost all her life and she died peacefully on Dec. 18, 2012, at 93 years of age.
Naomi was predeceased by her husband of almost 70 years; and her youngest son, Richard. She was also predeceased by her many siblings, including sisters, Beatrice, Bernice, Alfie, Ruth, Julia, Laura, Rachel and Mabel Clare; and brothers, Putnam, Archie (Buckie), Sylvester (Bill), Raymond and Addison Bishop.
She is survived by her sons, Phillip and Ronald of Sidney Center; six grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 20, 2013, at the Zion Episcopal Church in Morris with an interment service immediately following in Morris Hillington Cemetery.