Naomi Little
1932 - 2020
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Funeral services for Naomi Dixie Little, 88, Lawrence, will be 11 am, Saturday, June 20, 2020, at Lawrence Heights Christian Church. A visitation will begin at 10 to service time. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. The family requests all in attendance please use personal protection to prevent the spread of the Corona virus. If unable to attend the service will be broadcast on Facebook Live.

Naomi Dixie "Mema" Little passed away peacefully on June 14th, 2020 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, surrounded by the love of her five daughters.

She was born to Robert H. Collins and Cordelia Beatrice Smith on February 13th, 1932. The third eldest of five children, Naomi was born and raised in Mt. Olive, Missouri, where she lived happily among her parents and sisters until relocating to the nearby town of Warrensburg in her teenage years. Naomi spent much of her life as a Warrensburg resident, creating her family there while living and working in the community. She provided for her family with 18 and a half years of service as an employee of Central Missouri State University, and an additional 17 years employed at Rivals Manufacturing. In 1998, after many wonderful years in Missouri, Naomi chose to retire and relocate to Kansas to be closer to family. Naomi spent the last 22 years of life living happily among family and friends as a resident of Lawrence, Kansas

Naomi is preceded in death by her parents Robert and Beatrice Collins, her sister Mildred Goodwin, and sister Dorothy Johnson.

She is survived by her two sisters (Irene Goodwin, Marie Rucker) her five daughters (Lois Avery (Felton), Aurelia Thomas-Ray (Robert), Norma Jean Lyles (Charles), Connie Adams (Gary) and Shelia Hogue (Charles)). Naomi also leaves behind seven grandchildren (Stacy Adams, Ryan Adams, Kourtnie Avery-Chung, Torren Thomas, Cedrick Lyles, Garrett Lyles, Cameron Hogue,) two great-grandchildren (Jordan Adams, Mei Avery-Chung) honorary daughter (Deanna Tetuan) honorary grandchildren (Blake Tetuan, Brooklin Tetuan) and a host of beloved cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Naomi was a woman of strong convictions who lived and walked by faith. She was defined by her unwavering devotion to her family and the Lord Jesus Christ. In all trials and tribulations faced, in times of sadness or joy, Naomi always put God first and lived her life in the spirit of Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me"

The family suggests memorial contributions made to Lawrence Heights Christian Church, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street. Lawrence, KS 66044. Online condolences made at

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Published in Lawrence Journal-World on Jun. 18, 2020.
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Lawrence Heights Christian Church
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Lawrence Heights Christian Church
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June 21, 2020
To the family of Naomi Little I offer my deepest love, respect and condolences on the passing of your beloved mother. I remember her warm smile and big hugs growing up in Warrensburg. And that nick name she gave me when I was a small child "Little Bobby Doodle", makes me smile today as I think of Naomi as well as the love and the kindness she always showed everyone. May you rest in peace.
Robert Forbush
June 21, 2020
Hi my name is Bonnie Henderson I need Miss not on me for at least a year maybe a year-and-a-half she was such a wonderful woman I love her so much we would always talk about God and Jesus she's just so wonderful and special to me along with her family I remember when I first met Ms Naomi at Brandon Woods we just clicked like two old souls she didn't like to take a bath or shower too much but when she wanted to do it she would call me in to Herman and we will set up a certain day for her to have a bath she wouldn't really let anyone do her bath but me and of course it did not bother me at all it was my pleasure and my honor to take care of her such a wonderful wonderful lady I will miss you Miss Naomi I know that you're in a better place now though lady you are always in my heart and my thoughts I love you till we meet again in heaven I know you're no longer in pain that is wonderful now you're a beautiful wonderful Angel up in heaven spreading your wings and just being you up there in heaven and to miss Naomi's children my deepest deepest heartfelt sympathies for you guys I want you to know that I love you mama so much and that she was such an amazing woman but you probably already know she really made my day when I come to work when she left Brandon Woods I wasn't sure when she had went and then I got a job at Pioneer Ridge and I walk into him and guess who's there none of it then miss Naomi little to my surprise that's really feel that God put us in each other's path for however long it was I love you all so very much be strong and know that your mama is in heaven looking down at y'all taking care of you that she is home with our Lord and Saviour in heaven all my love Bonnie Henderson
June 20, 2020
To the LYLES family and other families Im so sorry for your lost. Im praying for you all! Love you!
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