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Naomi Y. (Yanagi) Brown

April 12, 1920 ~ May 6, 2019 (age 99)

Naomi Y. Brown, 99, passed away peacefully on May 6, 2019, at home, surrounded by family.  She was born in the Chishima Islands north of the island of Hokkaido, Japan, on April 12, 1920 to Seisaku and Sawa Yanagi.  She was married to Clayton B.E. Brown for 68 years.  He preceded her in death by 1 year, 1 month, and 4 days.


In her long life, Naomi traveled the world, often writing about places she had been.  She was a published poet of several books of Haiku, as well as having published in numerous poetry anthologies.


Before moving to Arizona in 2001, she lived for many years in El Paso, Texas, where Clayton had retired from the military and civil service.  Naomi belonged to the National League of American Pen Women, El Paso Writers League, Western Writers of America, Haiku International Association, El Paso Art Museum, Mt. Franklin Corral of Westerners International, Little Big Horn Association, and the El Paso County Historical Society.


Naomi is survived by her three daughters, Shoko (Uechi) Aoyama, Mary (Steve McColley) Mauldin, and Nina (Russell) Klinkenberg, 6 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.  She will be missed.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley,



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