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BradenNaoma R. Braden

October 30, 1941 – April 25, 2015


Naoma Ruth Braden, 73, of Monroe, passed away Saturday April 25, 2015, at home in the company of her loving family, after a lengthy illness.


Born October 30, 1941 to Harrison and Elizabeth (Marlow) Abrams, she had been a lifelong resident of Monroe.


Mrs. Braden married her husband Herbert on August 17, 1961 and from this union they had four children. She was a devoted wife, mother and caregiver to all. To state that she was a homemaker just would not be enough. Naoma gave her time, love and energy to ensure that her family were cared for.


The most important things to her were her family and God. She was always there for anyone in need and always saw the good in everyone and everything.


Naoma was a member of Stewart Road Christian Ministries Center for many years and a 1959 graduate of Monroe High School.


She is preceded in death by her parents, Harrison and Elizabeth (Marlow) Abrams; brothers, Harry, Basil, Earl and Carl Abrams and a sister, Evelyn Dooley.


She leaves behind her husband of 53 years Herbert; children, Robert, John (Mary), Joanne and Rachel Braden all of Monroe; a brother, Jack Abrams of Monroe; a sister, Mary (Allen) Newsome of Maybee and three grandchildren, Joshua and Michael Braden and Angie (Braden) Roberts.


Friends may gather from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home, where a celebration of her life will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Rev. Dr. Joseph Byrd, pastor of Stewart Road Christian Ministries Center, will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.


Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe.


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5 Responses to Naoma R. Braden

  • Sharon Lyons says:

    My deepest sympathy to all of you. Naoma was a wonderful person. She would light up a room with her smile and laughter. She always saw the best in others and always willing to help those in need. We will never know another like her, and this amazing woman will be missed tremendously. Love you Robert, John, Joanne, Rachel, and Herbie–my thoughts and prayers are with you during this very sad and difficult time.
    Sharon Lyons

  • Trish Hill says:

    My heart is breaking for all of you. So very much to go through. I am praying for all of you at this difficult time and will continue to ask God to comfort and hold you up. Love Trish-

  • Tonya Worden says:

    Our deepest sympathy to family and friends. We were neighbors of Naoma for over 35 years. We couldn’t have asked for a better neighbor. I remember her letting me and my sisters pick the pears from her pear tree that grew in her back yard. She would come over to our house every year and let us know that it was time to come over and pick them. We would get so excited, and she seemed just as excited for us. She will be missed by all. My thoughts and prayer are with the family.

  • Sharon Smith Bolden says:

    RIP dear Naoma. It has been so long since we had seen you,but you were always in our thoughts. You will be missed. To Herb and the kids we are so sorry for your loss. you will all be in our prayers. Love you all
    The children of Bill and Nadine Smith

  • Pam (Underdahl-) Ackerman says:

    Naomi- may you rest in peace.

    I can imagine you, Mom (Marie Underdahl) and Aunt Judi (Stoddard) laughing and hanging out- just like old times.

    I remember being at you and Herbie’s many times. Playing outside w your “kids” ( all grown up now). I know you are so proud of them.

    I was hoping to be able to give my condolences today in person. I will not be able to. I’m sorry.

    I’m sending prayers of comfort to you all.

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