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Naomi Markham
April 28, 1925 - March 31, 2016
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<div itemprop="description">Naomi Markham (n&eacute;e Kelland) <br />1925-2016 <br /> <br />Frances Naomi Elizabeth Markham died peacefully at Fairmount Home, near Kingston, Ontario, in the early morning of Thursday, 31 March 2016, at age 90. <br /> <br />Naomi is survived by her loving husband of 71 years, Clyde Harold Markham, Kingston; her daughters, Carol Naomi Markham (Donald Gibson), Ottawa, Ontario, and Susan Elisabeth Matsalla (Ivan), Bath, Ontario; grand-children Sean Matsalla (Kristin), Dallas, Texas and Laura Matsalla (Paul Summers), Fort St. John, British Columbia; step-grand-daughter, Andrea Matsalla (Carlan Wilbon), Winnipeg, Manitoba; and five great-grand children. She was predeceased by her brother, Dr. Lewis Kelland, Windsor, Nova Scotia. <br /> <br />Naomi was born in North Sydney, Nova Scotia, on 28 April 1925, the daughter of Alison Sterling Kelland, of Winterton, Newfoundland and Laura Rachel Valkyrie Lewis, of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia. Prior to and during World War II, she studied to be an opera singer (soprano) and a nurse. <br /> <br />On 8 May 1945 (VE Day), she married Squadron Leader Clyde Markham in Canso, Nova Scotia, and re-located to Ottawa. His career with the RCAF took the family to Ottawa, Belleville, Sudbury, and Ottawa; Ramstein Air Base (then home of SHAPE) in West Germany; Winnipeg; and Ottawa. Upon retirement from the RCAF in 1967, Clyde joined Queen&rsquo;s University in Kingston, where he and Naomi have lived continuously for 49 years. <br /> <br />An avid cook, reader and gardener, Naomi was active in her volunteer work and clubs, which included the Altar Guild of Saint George&rsquo;s Anglican Cathedral, the Kingston General Hospital, and the Faculty Wives Club of Queen&rsquo;s University. Naomi and Clyde started winding down their activities in 2007, and moved first to the St. Lawrence Retirement Home in Kingston, followed by the Fairmount Home. <br /> <br />Naomi continued to have a positive outlook on life, and could always tell an hilarious joke perfectly. She was a wonderful and creative cook, often far ahead of her time in terms of the dishes she created - brown, whole grain bread in the 1950s, black olives in the 1960s, cheese, fruit and biscuit desserts in the 1970s, and always seafood (particularly lobster and salmon, cooked and presented perfectly) throughout her life. Naomi was extremely grateful for the outstanding care she received from staff at St. Lawrence and Fairmount. <br /> <br />A Graveside Committal Service will be held at Glenhaven Memorial Gardens, 2563 Division Street, on Friday, April 8th at 12 noon, presided by the Ven. Archdeacon Michael Caswell. Following the interment, relatives and friends are invited to visit from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the ROBERT J. REID &amp; SONS FUNERAL HOME - The Chapel on the Corner, 309 Johnson Street (at Barrie Street). The family has requested that there be no flowers or gifts. Instead, they know that Naomi would be most happy with a donation to a charity of your choice, perhaps one that assists the needy and those less fortunate. <br /> <br /></div>