Naomi Schofield Tew Udall died peacefully in her sleep April 18, 2019 at age 95. She was born in Salt Lake City to Samuel Edward Tew and Susanna Huitt Schofield on February 2, 1924. Naomi spent her early years in Los Angeles, California. She particularly loved the Wilshire Ward, where she developed an unwavering testimony in the gospel of Jesus Christ and His Restored Church. As a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, her cherished testimony was the legacy she diligently passed on to her children and posterity.
Naomi married Elias Earl Udall in 1946. During their marriage they lived in many locations where she made friends quickly because of her outgoing personality. Her first priority always was motherhood and family. She fostered in each of her six children a strong work ethic, and taught them the importance of getting a good education.
After Earl’s death, Naomi moved to Provo, Utah. For over 48 years Naomi lived among her valued friends and neighbors in the Oak Hills wards. She spoke often of her gratitude for their unwavering support and kindness. She also was appreciative of the nearby Brigham Young University campus, where she spent countless hours learning from distinguished professors of religion. She loved learning about the Savior’s work on earth. In order to support herself and her children, Naomi earned a master’s degree from BYU. For the next 20 years she devoted herself to a teaching career helping students with learning disabilities. During this time she was also active in many civic affairs such as the Republican Women’s Organization. She also played a key role in representing women from the Church during the Equal Rights Amendment era.
After retiring from teaching, Naomi enjoyed traveling. She spent a summer attending classes at Cambridge University. She relished telling others that she had visited every state in the Union. Naomi was a dedicated temple worker in the Provo Temple for over 15 years. She also served a mission on Temple Square for another 10 years.
It is fitting that she passed away at this Easter time of year. Naomi was confident in the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. She looked forward to greeting her loved ones who had gone before, and she eagerly anticipated being welcomed by the Savior himself.
Naomi is survived by her sons: King (Cathy) Udall, David (Laurel) Udall, Steven (Lesa) Udall, Bruce (Karen) Udall, and Daniel Udall, many grandchildren and great grandchildren, and her sister Wanda Smith. She was preceded in death by her brother Ronald Tew and beloved daughter Suzanne Udall.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 23 at 11:00 a.m at the Oak Hills Ward, 1200 East 1038 North, Provo, with a viewing one hour before. Interment is at the East Lawn Cemetery.