Naomi Ruth (Casey) Steele, 89, peacefully passed away at Hospice Compassus in Payson, Arizona, on Jan. 30, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents Vol and Mary Casey of Camp Wood; sister Eula Mae Talley of Prescott, Arizona; and brother Thomas Clifton Casey of Montell. She is survived by her sister Eva Lee Fitzgerald of Kingsland, Texas; son Larry (Carolyn) Eppler of Payson, Arizona; daughter Glenna (John) Kay of Globe, Arizona; step-children Ron (Ila) Steele and Sandi (Hugo) Steele of Phoenix, Arizona; seven grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. Naomi was born near Barksdale, Texas, on Nov. 27, 1924. Because of her health, she could not climb the mountain every day for school, so her family moved to Camp Wood. She married Ralph B. Eppler in 1941 and they moved to Miami, Arizona in 1942. Naomi worked at JC Penney Company and Ralph worked underground at Miami Copper Company. Ralph enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1943. While he was in Europe, Naomi worked at an aircraft factory in San Diego, California. Sadly, Ralph was killed in a car accident in 1949. Naomi later married Kent K. Nail of Globe, Arizona. Over the years, in Globe, Naomi was a bookkeeper, waitress, member of the hospital auxiliary, and for a while had her own gift shop. Later in life, Naomi moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, becoming a real estate agent and marrying Howard E. Steele of Phoenix. Naomi and Howard had many opportunities for travel and adventure as he was an executive for Western Electric for several western states. Howard passed away in 1986. Around this time she acquired a second home in the Globe-Miami area. To be closer to family, in 2005 Naomi moved back to her home in Globe-Miami, and then to Payson with son Larry and daughter-in-law Carolyn in 2010. A memorial service will be held Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 8 a.m., during the 65th Casey family reunion church services. The reunion is at Inn of the Hills, 1001 Junction Highway, Kerrville, Texas. Graveside services will be later that day at 3 p.m. at the Vance Cemetery. THE PRECEDING IS A PAID OBITUARY.
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