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Naomi Been

Naomi Leontine (Minnick) Been, 88, passed away January 2, 2016 surrounded by loved ones at the Des Moines Mercy West Lakes Hospital. Services will be held at Hamilton's on Westown Parkway, 3601 Westown Parkway in West Des Moines, Iowa with visitation Tuesday, January 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. and the funeral service on Wednesday, January 6 at 10:00 a.m. There will be a visitation at Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr on Wednesday afternoon from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. with a short service beginning at 2:30 p.m. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Mt. Ayr.

Naomi was born July 23, 1927 in Ringgold County, Iowa to Emmel and Faresta (Hanks) Minnick. She graduated from Kellerton High School in 1946 and then received a Limited Teaching Certificate from Creston Junior College. Naomi was a teacher for two years in Rural Schools in Ringgold and Decatur Counties. She had many stories about experiences at these country schools .... including being locked in the coal shed by some of her "rather ornery students"!

On July 5, 1947 Naomi married Milo H. Been at Creston, Iowa and they had 68 wonderful years together. This marriage was blessed with the birth of their daughter, Melody Kay on April 20, 1948 - the apple of their eye!

Milo's work took the family to various towns throughout the state. Melody relates that she attended kindergarten at three different communities (Hancock, Bloomfield and Kellerton). In 1954 the decision was made to move to Des Moines where Naomi was employed at Katz Drug as a lunch counter waitress. From there, she went to work as a Verityper at Addressograph -Multigraph. Her final place of work for the next 38 years was National Travelers Life Insurance where she retired in October of 1997. Naomi enjoyed each and every job she ever had. She was always known to be a dedicated and loyal employee.

Naomi may have only had one child of her own, but, she lovingly became "Aunt Omi" to many nieces and nephews. Oh, the fun stories they tell of being with her.... such as wearing her rain bonnet at the first sign of a sprinkle...always siding in with the kids to eat at McDonalds...testing out toys Santa brought to the kids...such as shooting baskets, riding the Razor Scooter and playing golf on the new Wii game.

Some of Naomi's favorite past times included reading, bird watching, latch hook, listening to and singing along to old and new favorites, attending the ISU football games and travelling nine times to her favorite place.....HAWAII. Topping the list was the time spent with Milo, Melody, friends and family. Everyone was always welcomed to "The Three Beens" warm and beautifully kept home, whether it be on the South side of Des Moines for 34 years or the West Des Moines townhome they moved to in 1993.

Naomi is survived by her husband, Milo "Mike"; daughter, Melody; sisters-in-law, Darlene Minnick of Mt. Ayr, Iowa, Lillian Been of Palm Harbor, Florida, Nila Been of Goodland, Kansas, and Doris Been of Belmond, Iowa; brother-in-law, Don Donner of Augusta, Georgia; nephew, eddie Alan Minnick on her side of the family; and many nieces and nephew on the Been side of the family; and a host of friends and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Edward Minnick; father and mother-in-law, Harley and Leona Been; brothers and sisters-in-law, Mark Been, Mac Been, Merle (M.C.) Been, Chuck and Margaret Dutton, Bud and Maudeene Swinehart, Earle and Marribell Schulz, Max and Marilyn Tindle, and Mardell Donner.

Memorials may be directed to Kellerton Iowa Alumni Association, Tingley Community Center, Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Association, American Lung Association, or to your choice of recipients.

  • Visitation

    January 06, 2016
    2:00 PM to 2:30 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Services

    January 06, 2016
    2:30 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Burial

    Wednesday January 06 2016

    Rose Hill Cemetery

    Hwy 2 & 169
    Mount Ayr, IA

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I too worked with your Mother at National Travelers Life and she was a delight! Always smiling and so pleasant. Also remember she dressed beautifully and had pretty hair.
We will keep your family in our prayers.

Posted by Betsy Harker - Waukee, IA   January 13, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for the lost of your dear loved one. I pray you find comfort during this difficult time. 2 Cor1:3

Posted by A friend   January 11, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Mike and Melody, Thinking of you in Naomi''s Homegoing - There is a love that will live forever, and there are memories that will shine through sorrow. May the wonderful memories of her love be with you both and comfort you at this time of loss of her earthly presence. We pray the verse Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.You know GOD is with you and so many others care also- right by your side holding you in His love. With deepest Sympathy, Don and Betty Richards

Posted by A friend   January 05, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. I remember eating lunch with Naomi most days at National Travelers Life. She was such a nice lady and it was a pleasure to have her as a friend.

Posted by Betty Liebsack - Minburn, IA   January 05, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I remember working with Naomi at National Travelers Life....she was such a kind person. I am so sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my prayers.

Posted by Vel Habinck - Camp Verde, AZ   January 05, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Mike & Melody- So sorry for your loss- I remember all the good times we all had together. Times like this I wish I weren''t so far away. May God comfort all of you at this difficult time. Love, Alice Woollums

Posted by Alice Woollums - Colorado Springs, CO   January 05, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM