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Mrs. Naoma M. McGough, 79, formerly of Williamsburg, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 28 while surrounded by her family in the comfort of her home.
Naoma was born in Springfield, Kentucky to Raymond S. Wilkerson and Hazel R. Alsip Wilkerson on November 27, 1941. When she was 6, her father moved the family to Stockland, Illinois and then to Sheldon, Illinois in 1957. Naoma graduated from Sheldon High School in 1960. The following September, she attended Olivet Nazarene University in Kankakee, Illinois.
After the first year, she married Harold McGough on September 9, 1961 and they moved to Mount Vernon, Ohio. They lived there until 1969 when they moved to Wayne County, Indiana. Living in Williamsburg, they were faithful members of the Williamsburg Church of the Nazarene. Naoma taught Sunday School and was also the Mission President for 25 years. She was a recipient of the church’s Distinguished Service Award.
Naoma will be missed by her husband of 59 years, Harold R. McGough, Sr.; son & daughter-in-law, Harold R., Jr. & Ruth McGough; son-in-law, Rick Smith; grandchildren, Allen R. Smith, whom Naoma & Harold raised; Bridget McGough and Alexander R. McGough; sister, Anne Warren; brother, Ray Wilkerson; aunt, Sadie Brockman; and many cousins across the country.
Naoma was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter, Wanda Jean Smith, who passed in 1989; a brother, James Wilkerson and a special friend from high school, Mary K. Rabe.
Naoma’s homegoing will be celebrated at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 2, at the Williamsburg Church of the Nazarene, 8503 Pleasant Street in Williamsburg. Interment will follow in Goshen Cemetery.
Visitation will be from Noon until 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 2, at the church.
Memorial contributions are encouraged for the Williamsburg Church of the Nazarene, PO Box 707, Williamsburg, IN 47393.
I am a cousin of Naoma. She was named for our grandmother Alsip. Many fond memories of years gone by at Mommy & Poppy Alsip's place on Deep Creek near Springfield KY. The fun us 18 grandchildren shared was wonderful. (There were 19 grands but one died at birth.) ~~ Harold & family, Ann, Ray & Families Blessings and Comfort. Naoma was a good woman who loved Jesus & is now with HIM.
Mike Crain Feb 7 2021 12:00 AM
Auntie N as I used to call her as a young child, was the sweetest person I ever met. Her soft spoken voice, gentle hugs and amazingly beautiful smile, will forever be remembered. My heart felt condolences Uncle Harold, Jr. (Ruth), Allen and family.
Maribeth (McGough) Bolcavage Jan 31 2021 12:00 AM
Sorry for your loss. Naoma was a wonderful Christian. We shared many good walks and talks when my husband was the Pastor at the Williamsburg Church and have kept in contact all these years. She was compassionate and caring for our family. Have so many good memories. So sorry that i will not be able to attend the service. She is celebrating in heaven.
Linda Donley Jan 31 2021 12:00 AM
She was my neighbor and always would talk to me with a smile on her face. Very sweet lady. She will be missed!!
Karen Shepherd Jan 31 2021 12:00 AM
I am Naoma cousin. We moved to Texas many years ago but I have memories of the fun we had playing together as children. Sorry for your loss.
Mary Lackey Rice Jan 31 2021 12:00 AM
As a little girl, I always enjoyed traveling to Aunt Naomas house. She had a way of making me feel special and very loved. She will be greatly missed but my childhood memories will keep her close. Love you Aunt Naoma.
Nancy Jo (Reiss) Speece Jan 29 2021 12:00 AM