Naomi Marie Smith Collins, 83, Thayer, Missouri, passed away at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, June 212, 2022, at her home.
She was born July 25, 1938 to “Doc” Ferrell and Ethel (Green) Smith. She grew up in the rural areas of Howell and surrounding counties. In 1953 Naomi was united in marriage to Leslie Eugene Collins, a marriage that lasted for 63 years until Leslie’s death in 2016. The young couple moved to Kansas City, Missouri and together, they had two children, Patsy and Johnny. Naomi was a wife, mother, and homemaker first and foremost, but enjoyed a stint of working at Stuart Hall Paper Company in Kansas City.
Naomi was preceded in death by her parents, “Doc” and Ethel, her husband, Leslie, grandson, Ricky Mayhugh, brothers, Junior, Frankie, and Bobby, half-sister, Linda Coulter, brothers-in-law, Roy Wheat, Basil Collins, Charles Collins, and sisters-in-law, Reola White, Louise Collins, Edith Britt, and Wanda Hill.
She is survived by her children, Patsy Mayhugh and Johnny Collins, grandchildren, John (Carrie) Collins and Johanna (Jonathan) Wear, and great-grandchildren John and Mahayla Collins, Isaac and Gabriel Wear, and Jessica, Norma, and Devin Baker, and a very special niece Lauri Manson. Naomi is also survived by her siblings, Lucretia Singleton, Otha (Pat) Smith, Joanne, half-siblings, Roger Smith, Gary Smith, Donna Mason, Joyce Smith, sister-in-law Pat Collins, and a host of nieces and nephews who loved her dearly.
Arrangements under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.