Naoma Woolsey Anderson passed away on December 16, 2023 of natural causes at the age of 103. She was born on May 19, 1920 in Escalante, Utah to Wilhelmina Lay and Joseph Riley Woolsey. She was the seventh of nine children. When she was young, her family moved to Riverdale then Ogden, Utah where job opportunities were better during the depression. Most of their relatives continued to live in Escalante.
Her mother passed away giving birth to her youngest sister, Dorothy on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1925. It was a very sad time in her life and created in her a dislike for flowers. It was also a time when the older kids took care of the younger ones, while their father provided for the family.
It was while they were living on Lincoln Avenue in Ogden that Naoma met Earl Anderson. They married in Ogden, on January 7, 1940, which was later solemnized in the Logan Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on January 7, 1965.
They had two children, Vance and Roger. Vance married Jeanette Lund who passed away in 2022. Roger married Mary Ann Oka.
Naoma was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings.
She worked at J.C. Penney’s when it was located on the corner of 24th Street and Washington Blvd. in Ogden. She worked in receiving and later retired from there. She also volunteered at the McKay Dee Hospital for many years.
Naoma was an avid bowler into her 90s. She loved watching the Utah Jazz. She knitted and crocheted items for her children and grandchildren. She loved to iron and sweep. She made the best raisin pie, meatloaf, and potato pancakes. She was known for her potato salad, stuffing, ribs, and rice pudding.
In their earlier years Naoma and Earl loved to ballroom and square dance and were members of a dance club where they competed in dance contests. They enjoyed deer hunting and fishing together.
Naoma traveled to Europe and Japan with Vance for wheelchair races that he participated in. She collected small spoons from all over the world and country and hung them on her walls.
Naoma is survived by her sons, daughter-in-law, 5 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, daughter-in-law, parents, four sisters, and four brothers.
She will be missed.
Friends may visit with family on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd. Private family services will be held. Interment, Lindquist’s Washington Heights Memorial Park, 4500 Washington Blvd.
We would like to thank Jodie Jensen and Jenn Mendes from hospice for the many hours of dedicated service they provided to our mother.