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Obituary for Naomi Bradfield
Naomi Bradfield died May 30, 2015 at the age of 92 at a Brookings assisted living facility. Naomi was born November 25, 1922 in Los Angeles, CA, the daughter of Alexander Spencer MacLeod and Florence Rose Schrimp MacLeod of Pasadena, CA, both deceased. Naomi was married to John Austin Bradfield for 50 years from March 21, 1941 until John’s death in 1991. Naomi and John moved to Brookings in 1980, intending to just visit their daughter and son-in-law, Chuck and Judy Benz, who had just moved to Brookings. Instead they fell in love with the area and never left. They built a beautiful home on Cape Ferrelo and lived there until John’s death. Naomi then moved to Harris Beach Estates until, for health reasons, she moved into an assisted living facility. In addition to Chuck & Judy Benz, Naomi and John were the parents of three other daughters: Jo Ann Bradfield Combest (Vernon) Yett, of Indio, CA; Janet Alexis Bradfield (Vincent) Rose of Rush County, IN; and Juliet Alice Bradfield Reyes of West Covina, CA. Naomi had eight grandchildren: Lee Ann Combest (Scott) Dyess of Buda, TX and Michael Joseph (Kimberly) Combest of Baldwin, KS; Amy Florence Rose of Phoenix, AZ, Alexis Lee Rose of Houston, TX, Mattie Ruth Rose of Mooresville, IN and Molly Bernice Rose of Los Angeles, CA; Timothy Spencer of Costa Mesa, CA and John Alexander Reyes of West Covina, CA. She had three great-grandchildren, Sonja Emily Combest (Alex) Straus of Alexandria, VA; Max MacLeod Combest and Alexander Spencer Dyess, both students at Kansas University in Lawrence, KS. Naomi is also survived by Brookings residents, relatives by marriage, Linda Rolfs, Matt and Ryan Morris and their children Anastasia and Destiney. Besides her husband and parents, Naomi was preceded in death by her brother Gordon Ross MacLeod and sister Ruth MacLeod Dieffenwierth, and son-in-law Daniel Albert Reyes. Naomi graduated from Franklin High School in Highland Park, CA in 1940. She worked as a Financial Analyst for 22 years at FMC Corporation in Pomona, CA (which was originally Wayne Manufacturing before being acquired by FMC). Retiring in 1980, after John and Naomi moved to Brookings, her son-in-law recommended Naomi to then Brookings City Manager, Lynn Stuart, to work as City Recorder/Treasurer for the City of Brookings and put a very chaotic financial situation in order, which everyone that worked with her will attest she did with an iron hand. Naomi was a member of the Brookings Presbyterian Church where she served as Elder, Treasurer and Clerk of Session. Most recently she had enjoyed the Sunday services of Vicar Bernie Lindley of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church. She was an avid and competitive game player, with bingo (especially Friday at the Elks) and Mexican Dominoes being her favorites. She also enjoyed reading, knitting and crocheting, and all types of televised sports. Naomi had many, many beloved friends in the Brookings area and spent countless enjoyable hours in their company. Naomi and John were also part of the original founding group for the Cape Ferrelo Volunteer Fire Department and she worked for a short time at her son-in-law’s CPA practice. A Memorial Service is planned for 2:00pm on June 12, 2015 at the Brookings Presbyterian Church, 540 Pacific Avenue in Brookings. A short service will also be held for all her friends at Macklyn Place. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Brookings Presbyterian Church Building Fund (P.O. Box 697, Brookings, OR 97415) and/or to St. Timothy’s Outreach Program (P.O. Box 1237, Brookings, OR 97415). Redwood Memorial Chapel is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed online at www.redwoodmemorial.net