Naomi Ruth Spohr

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Naomi Ruth Spohr, 85, of Adrian, Mich., went to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 14, 2014, under the care of Lenawee Medical Care Facility.

Naomi was born January 26, 1929, in Jackson, Mich., the daughter of Rev. Pierre and Monabelle (DeCamp) Hawley. On October 21, 1947, she married Lee Spohr of Britton. He preceded her in death on April 16, 2013.

Naomi enjoyed being a wife and mother. She worked with her husband, Lee, on the family farm and invested her time raising her children. She enjoyed sewing, decorating, and entertaining family and friends in her home. She made beautiful ceramic pieces and porcelain dolls. She was generous and encouraging, pouring her life into her family and others, with the hope of drawing them to the Lord.

Naomi faithfully served the Lord throughout her life as a member of Tecumseh Friends Church, Trenton Hills United Brethren Church, Raisin Center Friends Church, Adrian First Church of the Nazarene, and Ridgeway Church of the Nazarene. Music was an important part of her life, and she enjoyed serving the Lord in the music ministry of these churches. At various times, she served as choir director, orchestra director, song leader, directed various children’s programs, and sang in various musical ensembles. Along with her husband, she also ministered to teens both in their home and in the church.

Naomi is survived by her children: Gary (Scotty) Spohr, of Fishers, Indiana, Gale (Jackie) Spohr, of Adrian, Mich., Cherilyn (Wayne) Waggoner, of Tecumseh, Mich.; her grandchildren: Erica Spohr, Andy (Kelly) Spohr, Erik (Tara) Spohr, Chad (Bethany) Spohr, Kendra Waggoner, Kullen Waggoner, Karissa Waggoner; and her great-grandchildren: Leah, Taylor, Jackson, Anderson, Eliza, and Silas. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Paul Hawley, and her sister, Eula Avery.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday June 20, 2014, at the Ridgeway Church of the Nazarene, with her grandson, Rev. Erik Spohr, officiating. Burial will be at Ridgeway Cemetery. Visitation will take place Thursday, June 19, 2014 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home in Tecumseh and also for one hour prior to the service on Friday at the Ridgeway Church of the Nazarene.

Memorial contributions can be made to The Jesus Film Project.

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