February 15, 1973 ~ October 9, 2021

Born in: Austin, TX
Resided in: Asheville, NC

With profound sadness we announce the passing of Naomi, a devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend to all whose lives she touched, on October 9th, 2021.

She left us while sleeping peacefully at her residence in Asheville, North Carolina. She was in her 48th year and is survived by her devoted husband, Tom Gaddy, and daughters, Madeleine Shastri and Ruby Gaddy, her parents, Susan Eggerton and Richard Brown, and her sister, Sarah Brown.

Naomi’s interests included family, forging loving and lasting friendships, gardening, reading, and sports… to name a few. She lived a full life– one that allowed her larger than life personality to blossom and excite. Naomi was a person that loved stronger than anyone else, that dreamed for us all, pushed those close to her to be better than even they knew they could be.

Naomi’s lasting gift to us all will be remembrance of how she could light up any room that she walked into, could turn heads, and remind us all that a bit of shock, awe, and fun never hurt anyone. With this, we all look forward to taking a little bit of Naomi with us every day, sharing her special light with everyone around us.

A celebration of life will be held on October 23rd, 4:00 PM at the Kenilworth Center, 4 Chiles Avenue (just behind the Kenilworth Church).

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations are sent to The UNCA Botanical Gardens: https://ashevillebotanicalgardens.org/support/donations/


Celebration of Life: October 23, 2021 4:00 pm

Kenilworth Center
4 Chiles Avenue
Asheville, NC 28803

Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. Sending my deepest condolences to Susan, family and friends. May Naomi’s lively and beautiful spirit live on and on in our hearts and memories. Much love, Sara 💜

    • Oh my goodness, sweet Susan. This is so wrong. We are all crying with you and sending you love and strength during this surreal time of sadness, confusion, and loss. Many people want to hold your hand as you try to put one foot in front of the other for your sweet family. Lean on us.

  2. You were a light – positive and kind . . . and you were too young to leave. Lighting a candle for you, in honor of your light.

  3. My deepest condolences to the family on the loss of your wife, mother, daughter and sister. Naomi certainly did have a way of lighting up a room when she was in it. Peace be with you all.

  4. When Naomi was gone, she was the brightest star in the room. I will miss her shenanigans, smile and laughter. Rest well friend.

  5. I’m still in shock. Naomi lit up any room she walked into with her radiance & confidence. She had a beautiful soul. She will be forever missed. Thinking about her family during this terrible & difficult time.

  6. Richard, Charlotte and I were shocked when we heard of Naomi’s passing.We are so sad you and Susan have lost a sweet and beautiful daughter so very young. All of you are in our thoughts as you tread this sorrowful path. Richard, may you and Susan be a comfort to each other. I’m sure having Sara there is a great help. All of you are in our prayers. We love y’all!

  7. Oh my, I’m so sorry – this is a loss that generations will be feeling. I knew Naomi in high school and she was so super vibrant and beautiful and funny and kind, really just a marvel to behold. I hadn’t seen her in years but I still remember her impact on me decades later. This one stings.

  8. Naomi was my son, nathan’s dear friend and my favorite babysitter of jon. She was wonderful! What a loss. My prayers and deepest sympathy to her loving family.

  9. We are so sorry for your loss. Naomi was a sweet and caring person. She was fun to be around and had a beautiful smile. We send our love and prayers.
    -Anna and Pete Thomas

  10. Our dear Susan and Richard…Naomi is on a journey with no need for passport Her earthly credentials are filled with joy of her family and her outreach encompasses friendship and grace.
    As dear friends permit us to share your grief equal to the years of the sunshine and careing you have brought into our lives. With love, Irene and Ken

  11. Thinking of Naomi and her entire family, including my dear friend and colleague, her sister Sarah.

    Cristiano Testi and the TP Bennett team, London

  12. Dear Susan, Richard, Sarah, and all of Naomi’s Family and Friends…. Been Holding You All Close to My Heart…. And Especially as you Gather Together to Celebrate Naomi’s LIFE, her LOVE and HEART that Touches So Many Even Now! Much much Love, Light and Blessings Now and Always! Chip, Eric and Marian


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