Naomi Ruth (Williams) Fitzgerald, age 87 and longtime resident of Concord, passed away on Sunday, January 2, 2011 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of Donald R. Fitzgerald.
Born in Orlando, Florida, on August 16, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Alan G. and Flora (Glover) Williams. Naomi attended the Florida College for Girls in Gainsville, where she received a full scholarship to the University of Chicago School of Social Work. There, she earned her Masters degree, and was soon employed by a private adoption agency in Chicago. Naomi found great satisfaction placing adoptive children into loving homes.
It was at this time that she met her husband and started a family.
In 1961, Naomi and Don and their two children moved to Massachusetts, soon settling in Concord. There, she devoted her time to raising her family.
Though Naomi never returned to social work, she discovered a new passion in breeding and raising AKC award-winning silver standard poodles. She fueled this passion for most of her life, and never lost her love for these special dogs.
An avid reader, Naomi especially enjoyed mysteries and other novels. She was a passionate gardener and bird-watcher, and a longtime member of The White Pond Garden Club. She was also active in the League of Women Voters.
Above all, Naomi had a beautiful and determined spirit. Although she endured a lifelong battle with MS, she refused to let it define her. Her curiosity and interest in life never waned. She kept up with current events by reading the paper and listening to NPR, and she kept her mind sharp by doing Sudoku, crosswords, and engaging in stimulating conversation wherever she could find it.
Naomi is survived by her loving husband of over 55 years, Don, and children, Sharon and Bruce. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements under the care of Glenn D. Burlamachi, CONCORD FUNERAL HOME, Concord.
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