Mildred Naomi Friedman was born on August 3, 1928 in Woodbury, Tennessee and passed away December 16, 2015 from natural causes. She was the only daughter and the youngest of four children born to Calvin and Sarah Young. Her older brothers were Houston, Dalton and Leonard who proceeded her in death.
Naomi attended elementary and high school in Cannon County, TN. Naomi had a successful career with the Colonial Shirt Corporation, a national clothing manufacturer whose home factory was in Woodbury, retiring in 1976.
Naomi married Leonard Friedman in 1976 and the pair split time between Tennessee and New York City until they relocate to Jacksonville, Florida. Tragically, Leonard and a close friend were killed in a plane crash in 1981 leaving her to cherish his memory for the remainder of her life.
Naomi remained in the home she and Leonard cherished until 2013. She was blessed to have a faithful employee, Wimal Nathan, with her for thirty years to help watch and maintain the property. During that time, she saw the arrival of Wimal's wife Nirmala and the birth of their daughter, Brittany.
Naomi is survived by her son, Ron, who resides in Reno, Nevada with his wife Paz. Her daughter Rita Burgener and husband Jim retired to Jacksonville Beach, FL. Her youngest child, Barry lives in Neptune Beach, FL with his wife, Gina Cavallo. Naomi has also been blessed to see the birth of her first great-grandchild Charlotte, born to her beloved grandson Josh and his wife Lindsay in 2013. He and his family live in Nashville, Tennessee.
The family is very thankful for the staff members at Ashford Court, Community Hospice McGraw Center and very much appreciates the great care she received from her primary care physician, Louis Akra.
Visitation will be from 3-5pm at the Woodbury Funeral Home in Woodbury, Tennessee Sunday, December 20th. A private burial will take place on December 21st. A celebration of Naomi's life with take place in early 2016 at the Ponte Vedra Club with details to follow.