Naomi Ruth Hiatt, 94, passed away on Wednesday, June 3, 2014, in Redmond. She was born on August 4, 1920, to P.N. (Phil) and Emily Briggs in the rural North Carolina mountains between Brevard and Hendersonville and was the last of nine children.
During the Depression, many of Naomi’s family moved to the Lakeview area. She graduated from Lakeview High School in 1938. Naomi married Chester Hiatt, also from Lakeview, on New Year’s Day in 1939 in Reno, Nev.
After World War II, the Hiatt and Robinson families of Lakeview formed the Silver Creek Lumber Company and moved the mill and logging operations to Burns and then to Fossil. Naomi spent many happy years in Fossil where she belonged to the Daughters of Rebekah. She became an avid gardener and volunteered at the Wheeler County Fair.
Chet and Naomi came to Redmond in the mid-fifties where they established Hiatt’s Red Lava Rock Company. Naomi was the bookkeeper for the business. The Deschutes County Extension County Committee was a favorite activity. Naomi lived in the same Redmond house on 12th Street for 57 years. Trailer camping and fishing in small creeks in Oregon, including the Lakeview area, was the experience that both she and Chet relished. Music was not far behind and both played over the years (she the guitar and Chet the mandolin) with the Phillip Briggs family of Lakeview.
Naomi was preceded in death by her husband Chester in 1989. Naomi is survived by her son and daughter- in-law Larry Ross and Angela Hiatt of Vacaville, Calif.; daughter and son-in-law Barbara and Jim McCormick of Houston, Texas and Black Butte Ranch. Grandchildren Andrew McCormick of Canby and his wife Brett; Gretchen Hiatt Kentner of Alfalfa and her husband Todd; Anne McCormick Robison of Ashland and her husband Jason; and Jonathon Hiatt of Salem and his wife Amy; great-grand children Ariel McCormick of San Antonio, Texas; Quinn and Taryn McCormick of Canby; Adelle and Rowan Robison of Ashland; and Cecelia, Nora and Gillian Naomi Hiatt of Salem. One great-great-granddaughter, Vida McCormick Powell, of San Antonio, Calif.
Memorial services have not been scheduled for Naomi at this time. She will be buried beside Chester in the Redmond Memorial Cemetery.