Time: Jan 6, 2023 click the link 15 minutes before the service starts at 2:00 PM Central Time
Naomi Joy McIntosh passed away on Saturday, December 10, 2022, at the age of forty-eight in Pantego, Texas. She was born on November 23, 1974, in Arlington Heights, Illinois, beloved by her parents, Vern & Sheryl Bell, and adored by her sister Hannah.
She grew up in Garland, TX, graduating from South Garland High School in 1993 and then earned an Associate’s Degree in Fine Arts from Richland Community College. She loved the arts and took classes at many other schools as well including UTA, Texas A&M Commerce and other Community Colleges.
Naomi was a passionate advocate for individuals with disabilities and among a handful of many retail jobs (one where she met her husband), property management and creative skills positions, she ended up spending many years at Coventry Reserve serving as the Creative Skills Director where she was able to share her love of pottery, working with adults with disabilities. Naomi kept in touch with many of her co-workers throughout her life, cherishing the memories. Her enthusiasm and passion for her friendships was authentic and genuine, and she could always be counted on for encouragement, support, and wisdom. Once you were one of Naomi’s people, she loved you through it all.
Naomi loved classic ‘80’s and ‘90s movies (especially Reality Bites), attending concerts with her daughter and spending time with her family. She made so many happy memories on the back porch of her two different homes, talking with her dogs, enjoying a cup of coffee, or just listening to nature. She loved throwing pottery and even had her own wheel and kiln at home in her backyard studio. She also put her creativity to use when she and her sister opened their own clothing boutique four years ago. She was passionate about being intentional with the time she had left by creating memories with her family, #25yearsofmcintosh. In doing so, she spent time with her two children in Amsterdam, London and Paris, traveled to Maui with her sister and spent an amazing week in Italy with her husband whom she was married to for 25 years, along with many other trips. But her greatest passion in life was her two beautiful children, Mya and Aidan. Being their mom was the most important job in the world to her, and she loved every single moment of it. She loved the unique creativity in each of her children with their love of music and artistic abilities. She protected and advocated for them with everything she had.
The past 21 months presented Naomi with a myriad of challenges. She battled through six different cancer treatments and clinical trials and looked for many solutions while also battling juvenile diabetes at the same time for over forty years. But throughout it all, her smile never faltered. She stayed brave, kind, loving, and optimistic. She was loved and admired by many before this difficult journey, but the perseverance of her spirit in the face of these trials is a true inspiration. Her faith in her Heavenly Father stayed strong, even in some of the darkest of days. She knew there was Hope on the other side, but was not ready to leave those she loved. The family is grateful for all the love and support from the community. You lifted her up and continue to lift us up during our grief.
Naomi was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Harold and Verdine Wood and paternal grandparents, Donald and Irma Bell, as well as her firstborn child, Griffin Caleb.
She is survived by her wonderful children, Mya Quinn and Aidan Pierce; parents Vern and Sheryl Bell of Dallas, TX; sister Hannah Powell (Matt Powell) of Arlington, Texas; and her loving nieces and nephews which included Carys, Rhys, Fyneas and Mavis Powell as well as her two fur babies, Bella and Styles.
A celebration of life service will be held in the Chapel at Watermark Community Church, 7540 Lyndon B Johnson Fwy, Dallas, TX 75251 on Friday, January 6th at 2:00pm. Family and friends are kindly invited to attend.