Naomi Grace Martin, 83, Moyer Co. seamstress, childcare provider, Groffdale Menn. member

By on March 15, 2017

Naomi Grace Martin, 83, of Akron, passed away Thursday, March 9, 2017, at her residence.

She was the loving wife of Jeremiah M. Martin, with whom she shared 60 years of marriage. Born in New Holland on May 29, 1933, Naomi was the daughter of the late Roy and Mary (Hart) Leister.

She was a member of Groffdale Mennonite Church. Naomi worked as a seamstress at the former W.W. Moyer Co., in Ephrata, and also provided childcare in her home.

In addition to her husband, Naomi is survived by four children: Joyce Shenk, wife of Glen, of Leola; Donald, husband of Dawn (Martin), of Denver; Barry, husband of Sandy (Hurst), of Akron; and Robert of Akron. She is also survived by seven grandchildren: Kevin Shenk, husband of Donna, of New Holland; Kelly Stauffer, wife of Gerald, of Shoemakersville; Nicole Diffenderfer, wife of Jon, of Akron; Tim Martin, husband of Rachel, of Lititz; Brooke Maurer, wife of Logan, of Ephrata; Cody Redcay of Denver; and Katie Martin of Denver; and four great-grandchildren: Claire and Caleb Shenk, and Hannah and Leah Martin. She is also survived by four siblings: Harold Leister of Lancaster; Robert Leister of Lititz; Ruth Burkholder of Ephrata; and Linda Hoover, wife of Dave, of Venice, Fla.; and one sister-in-law: Shirley Leister, of Hollidaysburg.

In addition to her parents, Naomi is preceded in death by two brothers: Roy Dervin Leister and Raymond Harry Leister.

Naomi touched many lives with her hobbies of embroidery and crocheting. She enjoyed blessing others with her handmade baby quilts, afghans, caps, kimonos, pillow cases, etc. But her greatest gift was praying for the needs of many of the lives she touched. She also experienced great joy in telling others about Jesus.

Services were held March 14 at Groffdale Mennonite Church, Leola.

To leave a message of condolence visit Gravenor Home for Funerals, Ephrata, handled the arrangements.

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