85 year old Naomi Bratcher Underhill passed away peacefully at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan on November 3 at 3:58 p.m. with her three children by her side. She was under the care of Hospice.
Born on February 1, 1931 in Smithville, her parents were Alvie Harding Bratcher and Minnie Amy Harmon. Three brothers, JP, Alvie, Jr., and Bill and three sisters, Clara Mae, Sybal, and Elsie Bratcher.
Married to the late Dixie Underhill for 66 years, married on February 11, 1950.
Naomi worked for the shirt factory for a few years before going to Alaska to be with her husband who was in the Army from 1952 to 1955. They moved to Detroit, Michigan in the fall of 1955 for her husband Dixie to work at Cadillac Motor Car Division. They retired to McMinnville in 1987 after 30 years.
She is survived by her three children, one daughter, Cathy and husband Gregory Digue of Jackson, Michigan. Two sons, Kelvin and wife Nancy Underhill of Ortonville, Michigan and Glenn and wife Kimberly Underhill of Taylor, Michigan. Four grandchildren, Shanna Moricz, Clay Digue, and Kyle Underhill all of Michigan and Blake Digue of Kentucky. Eight great grandchildren, Drake, Devin, and Drew Moricz, Mackenzie, Matthew, Kaelyn, and Sean Digue, and Levi Underhill. One brother-in-law, Beecher and wife Jeannette Underhill of Good Hope, Georgia. Two sisters-in-law, Gracie Bratcher of Smithville and Allyson R. Underhill of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Numerous nephews and nieces survive.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Alvie Harding Bratcher and Minnie Amy Harmon; her brothers, JP, Alvie, Jr., and Bill Bratcher, and her sisters, Clara Mae Armour, Sybal Lawson, and Elsie Campbell.
She will lay imposed on Saturday, November 5 at Howe-Peterson Funeral Home in Taylor, and then at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home in Smithville on Monday, November 7 with burial at Banks Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery on Banks Pisgah, Road. Officiating the services will be Hardlen Simmons and Carl Smith. Visitation will be Monday from 10 a.m. until the service at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Banks Cemetery, the Madison Street Baptist Church, or the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.