May 10, 1933 – July 18, 2018
Neomia Smith (Lemon) was born in 1933 to Viola (Boyd) and Norman Lemon in Dorchester County, South Carolina. Neomia was the oldest of 8 siblings. She learned at the early age of 12 to cook for her entire family and also helped alongside her siblings to tend the family gardens. Cooking and gardening would end up being her most cherished pastimes during her lifetime.
Neomia had three children from 2 marriages, Olretha Fleming (Roberts), Clement Roberts (predeceased 2001) and Christopher Smith.
Neomia was an avid reader of various genres, enjoyed berry picking, canning, as well as had a love and a natural talent for cultivating all things that grow on the land as well as caring for the animals and birds that shared it. Wherever she lived there were always beautiful gardens to enjoy and explore. Her other passion was creating delicious and memorable meals for her family and friends to enjoy. Thanksgiving and Christmas meals were not to be missed at the Smith home and now are to be remembered with smiles and gratitude.
Neomia had spent the early part of her life in the healthcare profession. During 1967-1974 she was employed as an Obstetrics Nurse Technician in NYC hospitals. After arriving in Oneonta in 1974 she was employed as a Nurses Aide at AO Fox Hospital until 1979. Neomia later held a position with Amphenol from 1979-2005 as an inspector. Her work ethic was always of the highest quality. Neomia was known as the person to go to for her knowledge, efficiency, hard work and no nonsense attitude until her retirement in 2005.
Her family and friends remember Neomia as a strong, independent, generous and caring person who always welcomed you with a smile and something sweet to eat. The family will always remember her hilarious turn of phrases that even now will start smiles to broaden and tears to come to our eyes. Neomia was the storyteller of the family. She enjoyed sharing tales of growing up with her 4 brothers & 4 sisters, the depression years, living in the South, moving to NY, raising and caring for her family. Life lessons she shared freely with us that taught us all how to be strong, self reliant, industrious and to love God, each other and ourselves.
She leaves behind her daughter Olretha and son in law Ray Fleming, Son, Christopher Smith, Grandchildren: Cassandra & Isaiah Fleming, Nathan Smith, Alexis and Olivia Smith and Great Granddaughter La'Rose Smith, Brother Ray and sister in law Laverne Lemon, Sisters: Alice Dickey, Daisy Stephen and Lillie Lemon, sister-in-laws: Mattie Lemon and Emma Lemon as well as numerous nephews and nieces, life long friends, great neighbors and not to be forgotten her constant furbaby companion, Katrina.
Neomia had been battling ovarian cancer for 10 years, but remained positive, strong and optimistic until the end. Neomia now goes home to her Father for her room has been made ready for the rest she so richly deserves. Sleep well Mom, Be at Peace Grandma, Journey onward Dear Sister, until we meet again my friend. We are grateful and blessed for the time you spent with us and have been made better by your presence. We will carry your memory within us each day with love and gratitude.
The family would like to say a special thank you to Drs: Carolyn & Chris Wolf-Gould and Dr Danielle Knight, for your compassion and the wonderful care you provided Neomia during her illness has been a blessing to us all. The nurses and staff at each of these offices always greeted "Mom" with smiles, warm hugs and a supportive countenance. Thank you to the beautiful, loving and knowledgeable staff of the Oneonta Hospice Organization. We are all deeply grateful & humbled by your service & commitment to the end of life quality you provided to “Mom” and the support you gave to us.
In lieu of flowers the family would ask that you make a donation to either the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA) @ PO Box 32141, New York, New York 10087-2141 or Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care @ 297 River Street Service Road, Oneonta NY 13820.
The family thanks everyone for your condolences and for reaching out to us during this time of bereavement.
- Celebration of Life Tuesday, July 24, 2018
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Mary Jane Plummer
July 25, 2018
I had the privilege of working with Neomia at Amphenol many years ago. In my role as an expediter, I had the opportunity of interfacing with her often. I found her to be a true and
gracious lady. She always greeted me with her lovely smile and she was a delight to work with. In a sometimes difficult environment, Neomia was a real ray of sunshine!
I want to extend my deepest condolences to your whole family on losing such a special lady.
My thoughts and prayers will remain with you in this very difficult time.
Mary Jane Plummer
July 24, 2018
I live at the bottom of Dunshee Road where Neomia would pass my house often on her way home. Being the animal lover that she was, she would stop and talk with me and mostly my lovely dog, Gizmo! She would tell me that she was always careful by our house because of the dog and the several barn cats that seemed to think they owned the road. Even on some of her worse days, she always had a smile and a "God bless you". My husband knew her son that passed away from his work at Camp Brace in Masonville.
We extend our condolences to her extended family. Our lives were enriched by knowing such a lovely, kind hearted women who never asked for anything and was gracious for everything given to her. We will miss her comings and goings, but we also know that her struggles are over now. She would say "I'm going to fight this" and I'm sure she did with all her being. Sincerely, Gerry and Sue Ruestow
July 24, 2018
Olretha and Family
So very sorry to hear of your Moms passing.She was a wonderful person and hard worker. I use to see Neomia in the grocery store from time to time and get the update on everyone. ...I can remember coming to your house on the wkends. She loved cake. especially my Aunt Vickies who use to bake them for her.She loved you kids and made sure you had the best of everything. May you all find comfort at this most difficult time. Thinking of you!! A new angel is up in heaven watching over you..RIP Neomia
July 24, 2018
To my beloved Aunt Neomia
Life is too short,
It's not enough,
but we must understand,
That if we live it in love and faith,
a road will be made,
For the day we pass away,
We can take it,
and wait at the end,
for those who once and always loved me,
I will meet.
Your beautiful eyes,
so big and round,
showed love, showed laughter, showed happiness, showed sadness,
but we will remember you as the happy beautiful women you were,
The one who once cried for love,
The one who once laughed,
I love you Aunt Neomia, we will miss you. But please wait...., We will meet again in the Kingdom of Heaven, where no pain we will feel. And Auntie please tell the rest of our family that has left me behind that I am looking forward to our family reunion. Now rest in peace.