Naomi Stivers Kitchen, age 72, passed away Sunday, December 2, 2012 at home.
Services for Naomi Kitchen will be at 5:35 p.m. on Thursday, December 6, 2012, at First Christian Church. Rev. Dr. John Opsata will officiate. Visitation with the family will be at the church Thursday from 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. preceding the service. Mrs. Kitchen will be buried at Camp Nelson National Cemetery, Nicholasville alongside her husband, David, who preceded her in death on November 6, 2005.
She was born in Frankfort on September 4, 1940, to Louis and Ruth (Goin) Stivers, now deceased. Mrs. Kitchen graduated in 1958 from Frankfort High School, continued her education graduating from Transylvania University in 1962 and pursued graduate studies at Indiana State University. She also attended Lexington Theological Seminary. Naomi and David married December 26, 1966. They met while teaching in Lawrenceville, IL. She started her career in state government working in the office of Governor Nunn. Afterward, she was employed as a Federal Programs Manager for the Department of Libraries and Archives. In 1977, Naomi became an Assistant Director of the Legislative Research Commission, retiring in 1996.
She was a lifetime member of First Christian Church serving in various leadership roles through her life including being a deacon, elder, elder emeritus and the Bethany Project Administrative Coordinator from 1998-1999. She served as the Hospitality Coordinator for many years. Naomi planned, coordinated and helped prepare thousands of meals for Wednesday evening fellowship and numerous other church events. She was instrumental in the development of contemporary worship services in the church, first the 5:35 service on Saturday evenings and later the Coffee House on Sunday evenings. She loved serving her church body locally and nationally both as an adult and youth.
Her greatest love was her family. She enjoyed being a proud mother and grandmother. She also enjoyed spending time with her sisters and all her extended family.
She is survived by her daughters, Rachel Kitchen Nipper (Chris), Georgetown, and Rebecca Kitchen Mallory (Mike), Weyers Cave, VA; grandchildren, Caleb, Aaron, Micah and Josiah Mallory and Walker Nipper; sisters, Barbara Stivers Tackett (Harold), Lexington and Mary Stivers Jamerson (Lenn), Lawrenceville, IL; and numerous cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends.
Flowers are welcome or expressions of sympathy in her memory are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 663 Teton Trail, Frankfort, KY 40601 or First Christian Church Coffee House, 316 Ann Street, Frankfort, KY 40601
Arrangements are under the direction of Harrod Brothers Funeral Home; condolences may be shared via the online guestbook at www.harrodbrothersfuneralhome.com.