Naoma Cushenbery

Naoma Ruth Cushenbery, 86, of Arkansas City, died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, at the Generations Home Plus of Arkansas City.

Funeral services are 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at the First Baptist Church of Arkansas City. Burial will follow in El Paso Cemetery in Derby. The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home and Crematory in Arkansas City. Online condolences can be made at

A memorial has been established with the First Baptist Church — Manna Ministries. Contributions can be made through the funeral home.

Naoma was born May 2, 1933, in Fairvalley, Okla., to Henry Sam and Nora (Vincent) Devine. She was reared and educated in Freedom, Okla., graduating from Freedom High School in 1950. On Jan. 18, 1953, she married Jim D. Cushenbery in Alva, Okla. The couple made their home in Derby. Naoma was employed by the state of Kansas as an accountant for the University of Kansas Medical School at Wichita for 15 years. She also was the co-owner/bookkeeper for the Cushenbery Body Shop of Derby for over 40 years. Her last job was as a greeter for the Arkansas City Walmart for eight years. 

Naoma was a member of the First Baptist Church of Arkansas City, the Wifani Sunday School Class and a devoted volunteer to Manna Ministries.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a sister, Carlene Brochers; and brothers, John Devine, Dwayne Baker, Lynn Baker, Ward Baker and Robert Baker.

Survivors include two sons, Scott and wife, Melinda Cushenbery, of Arkansas City, and Steve J. Cushenbery, of Derby; grandchildren, Charley D. Cushenbery, of Hays, Anna and husband, Billy Hill, of Aviano, Italy, Timothy and wife, Amanda Cushenbery and Andrew Cushenbery, all of Arkansas City; great-grandchildren, Lexy and Atticus Hill, John and Charlotte Cushenbery and Mak Cushenbery; plus a host of beloved nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

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