Naomi Francis Blasingame Wilson passed away peacefully at her home in Salt Lake City, Utah on April 14, 2022 with family and friends at her side after a 3-month bout fighting an abdominal tumor. \n\nShe was born on April 20, 1929 on a farm in Shinery, Texas, Collingworth County, just outside of Wellington, Texas. Her parents were William Blasingame and Alta Viona Mabery Blasingame. Her paternal grandparents were General Lee Blasingame and Lena Hayes, who came to Collingsworth County in 1915. Her maternal grandparents were Frederick M. Mabery and Effie L. Wood, who came to Collingsworth County in 1918.\n\nShe was a child of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. She grew up very poor and started working at a very young age, first helping in the kitchen and taking care of her younger siblings while her mother worked in the fields. When she first started cooking she had to have a little stool to stand on to reach the stove. They had no plumbing or electricity. Water came from a wooden windmill not far from the little house. She remembered the dust storms and how difficult life was through her childhood her whole life. \n\nShe attended school in Wellington and graduated from high school in 1946. Right after graduation she started school at Wayland Junior College in Plainview, Texas. She attended school that summer, fall, spring, and the next summer of 1947, earning her AA degree and received her teaching certificates. She started teaching in the fall of 1947. \n\nShe went to school every summer and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from West Texas State College in Canyon, Texas. She continued her education every summer as long as she taught school. She taught for 31 years, mostly in Texas, but spent time in Alaska and Nevada. As a reading specialist she took pride in that she was able to teach so many kids to read and write. She and her husband went to Alaska in 1961, shortly after it became a state. They were first assigned to Alukanuk and then transferred to Mt. Edgecombe. In Nevada they taught in Eureka, then Battle Mountain. She retired in 1991 in Amarillo, Texas.\n\nShe married Charles R. Wilson on December 23, 1948. Their first child, Charles Gordon Wilson, was born on February 10, 1950. He was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. He passed away August 10, 1953 and was buried in Wellington, Texas. She said she thinks about him every day.\n\nShe was the happiest when surrounded by family, eating good food, and laughing and talking about the old days. She always said, “The most important thing to me is my family.”\n\nWe want to make a special acknowledgement for Julie Blasingame, who, unasked, took time from work and life and flew to Salt Lake City to be at Naomi’s side during the most difficult days at the end of her life. Naomi loved Julie being there and her help was invaluable. She was at Naomi’s side when she passed away. We truly don’t have the words to express our heartfelt gratitude and deepest love.\n\nShe was preceded in death by her father (1969); her mother (2002); her husband (2010); sister, Fredia Woodard (1992); brother, Wallace Blasingame (2007); nephew, J.Robert Woodard (2009); and many aunts and uncles.\n\nShe leaves behind a son, C. Greg Wilson and wife Virginia of Salt Lake City; daughter, R. Gayle Wilson of Salt Lake City; sister, Doris Rogers of Amarillo, Texas; brother, Dee Blasingamof Aransas Pass, Texas; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends scattered across the United States, all of who she loves dearly.\n\nNaomi and her family express their gratitude and appreciation for all the doctors and nurses that have cared for her at the University of Utah Health Care system since this past January as her disease progressed rapidly.\n\nViewing at Adams Funeral Home, 1300 East Avenue, Wellington, Texas, 79095, Sunday April 24th 9:00 am - 9:45. Memorial service 10:00, interment at South Fairview Cemetery afterwards.