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Naomi Mickey Norton--Wood
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Birth: Sep. 9, 1909
Floyd County
Texas, USA
Death: Nov. 9, 1996
Pope County
Arkansas, USA

Naomi Mickey Norton Wood was born September 9, 1909 to Zephariah Ezekiel and Julia Rachel Smith Mickey, near Lockney, Floyd County, Texas. In the winter of 1919 and early 1920, the Mickey family had left Lockney and moved to the Pie Town area of Catron County. They came in two covered wagons with all their worldly possessions. Homestead land was being offered and they were anxious to get a place of their own. The older boys, Sam and Burley, also filed on claims. You could get 160 acres of land but had to fence it, build a house and dig a well within an alloted time and then the land was yours. The only draw back was, there was not much water in this area, never was and still isn't. Naomi was happy at the Divide. She loved to dance and there were lots of dances to go to. She met her husband to be, A. E. Norton, when she was thirteen years old and was married at fourteen. Her husband, Shorty, was a cowboy from Texas. He had a cow ranch in Bear Canyon and at Pipe Springs. Naomi and Shorty had two children, a boy, Ellis and a girl Thelma. Shorty was tragically killed in 1943. He and his son were herding their cattle out on the range, when a violent thunder and lightening storm came up and Shorty and his horse were both hit and killed instantly. Ellis was not hit. Naomi was devastated, but she stuggled on, taking care of the ranch and her children. When Thelma married and Ellis was inducted into the Army, Naomi sold the ranch and married Robert R. Wood. She had two children by this union. They moved to Oregon, back to Texas and then moved to to Dover, Arkansas in 1957. Naomi started writing little books on pioneer life and this is how I met her. I bought one of her little books and her address was on the inside. I wrote to her and there began a friendship that lasted until she died in 1996. I still have all her letters, which I treasure. Naomi told me so much about their life in the Pie town, Alegra Mountain area. She loved and grieved for her Alegra Mountain. My husband and I took one Sunday and went to Pie Town and we took a picture of her old mountain. I had it enlarged and framed and when my daughter and her husband were going to Dover, Arkansas to visit his mother, I sent the picture to Naomi. She was so thrilled. My daughter, Arlena and her husband Jim, got to visit with Naomi. I always wished I could have seen her. We went to the Divide cemetery, cleaned all the graves and put flowers on them, We took pictures and sent them to Naomi. She was so gratefull. When Naomi fell and broke her hip and pelvis, she was put in a nursing home, so I never heard anymore from my dear old friend, but a niece kept me posted on her. When Naomi passed on, she was cremated and her niece and husband brought her ashes to Divide and placed them by Naomi's parents and first husband. I really missed my friend. 
Family links: 
  Aaron Elisha Norton (1896 - 1943)
  Robert Riley Wood (1906 - 1985)*
  Ellis Aaron Norton (1926 - 1983)*
*Calculated relationship
Divide Cemetery
Catron County
New Mexico, USA
Created by: Nancy E Brown
Record added: Mar 12, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 25212140
Naomi <i>Mickey</i> Norton--Wood
Added by: Nancy E Brown
Naomi <i>Mickey</i> Norton--Wood
Added by: Nancy E Brown
Naomi <i>Mickey</i> Norton--Wood
Added by: Nancy E Brown
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Naomi, when ever we see Alegra Mountain, we always think of you. Thank you for being a friend. We never got to meet, but maybe we will in Heaven. Rest in Peace, dear little lady.
- Nancy E Brown
 Added: Mar. 12, 2008
Roses for you, Naomi. It was so neat to meet you and see your little home. Jim thought you were the sweetest little lady.
- Arlena Brown Boggs
 Added: Mar. 12, 2008

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