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Naomi Thompson

Naomi Thompson

November 24, 1932 November 27, 2019

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Obituary for Naomi Aline Thompson (Robinson)

NAOMI ALINE THOMPSON, the oldest daughter of the late Jessie (Holladay) and Samuel Ned Robinson, departed this life on November 27, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan surrounded by her loving family.

Naomi was born on Thanksgiving, November 24, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She attended and was baptized at Mount Carmel Baptist Church with her younger siblings, Norman Shiel and Florence Annett. Naomi attended Southern High School in Philadelphia then worked at the Penn Fruit Company for a number of years, before retiring to become a seamstress, her true passion. She enjoyed making her own clothes as well as wedding gowns, choir robes, and even Halloween costumes for her granddaughters.

Naomi was united in holy matrimony to the late Levi Theodore Thompson, Sr. on October 23, 1952. Naomi and Levi, Sr. (affectionately known as Teet) enjoyed 38 loving years of marriage before his death in 1991. They moved to Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania, where they raised their two sons, Levi, Jr. and the late Marvin Howard. Naomi was a devoted Christian and attended the Walter Avenue Baptist Church. For many years, she directed the youth choir and sang in the adult choir while Teet was chair of the Trustee board. Together, they also helped to raise Teet’s younger siblings as well as a number of nieces, nephews, and godchildren. For 17 years, Naomi and Teet hosted the annual Thompson Family Reunion in their home, and Naomi continued to attend with her son and his family every year, including the 50th Anniversary in Philadelphia this past September.

Following the birth of her two granddaughters, Marissa Elena and Sabrina Elise, Naomi spent significant time in Michigan, where she helped to raise and care for them. She was a loving and doting grandmother, and she instilled in them a love of musicals, taught them to sew and cook, and prepared elaborate and delicious meals for every holiday. She considered Michigan her second home and befriended many including her neighbors, son’s poker buddies and students, daughter-in-law’s sorority sisters, and granddaughters’ many friends.

Naomi is preceded in death by: Levi, Sr., her husband; Marvin, her son; Jessie and Samuel, her parents; and Florence, her sister. She is survived by: Levi, Jr., her son; Maria, her daughter-in-law; Marissa and Sabrina, her granddaughters; Norman, her brother; brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, godchildren, and countless friends.

Naomi’s life continues to be an inspiration and testament to love, strength, and generosity. She gave selflessly to others, remained resilient through personal loss, and stayed strong and positive even as she battled illness later in life. She was always there to lend a hand to those in need. We were blessed to have known Naomi, and we know that her life will continue to impact our lives every day.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Naomi’s name to the Rogel Cancer Center at the University of Michigan.

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  • Visitation

    Friday December 6, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Nie Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Liberty Road Chapel
    3767 W. Liberty Road
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Friday December 6, 2019
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Second Visitation

    Saturday December 7, 2019 | 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Bethel AME
    900 John A Woods Drive
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
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    Saturday December 7, 2019
    11:00am - 12:00pm
  • Funeral Service

    Saturday December 7, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Bethel AME
    900 John A Woods Drive
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Saturday December 7, 2019
    12:00pm
    Officiant
    Rev. Helen Criglar

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Ronald Larson

I met Naomi only once but could sense her love for family and love of life, and deep faith and commitment. Her influence on her children and grandchildren will be a lasting legacy. My sincere condolences to her family. Ron
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Shannon Rivera

Aunt Naomi has been always a loving and kind aunt, always offering words of wisdom and love. I always remember her as a woman of strength and honor from the time I was a little girl, not even knowing at the time what that truly meant, but she continued to be that shining example. Although her days on earth have come to an end, she will forever be in my heart and memory.
We know that Marissa, Sabrina, Levi and Maria will draw strength in this difficult time from your memories and moments of love that you have shared with her.
Love Shannon, Ray, Christopher, Corey, Samantha, and Aunt Ele.
Comment | Posted at 09:49pm via Condolence
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Mary & Robert Gibson

While we mourn the death of sweet Aunt Naomi, we must remember that it is her profession of faith that that marks her eternal destiny and testifies to the true significance of her journey. Rejoicing in her new home and hearing our Savior say, "Well done my good and faithful servant." Now she joins the crowd of witnesses in the heavenly places, cheering us on to finish our race well. So while sorrow fills our hearts, it will be the lasting memories of Naomi that offer us the encouragement to live life, well knowing she is cheering us on. Our deepest sympathy to you Levi and Maria.
Robert and Mary Gibson
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Michelle and Aaron Crumm

Levi and Maria, We send you our condolences. You have both been remarkable children to take such good care of Naomi. So much love! The Crumms
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Charles Ramsey

May the Thompson Family please receive our condolences and prayers 🙏🏾
The Ramsey’s
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