TYLER, TX (KLTV) - In 1919, William P. Hobby was the governor of Texas, prohibition sent alcohol into underground speakeasies, and the Grand Canyon was officially named a U.S. national park. It was also the year Naomi Bledsoe was born.
Bledsoe was born in Hamilton County, TX, on April 3 and was raised there for several years before her family moved to Tyler. Once she arrived, she liked it so much she never left - even 85 years later.
“She’s just been a wonderful mother. She kept us in church, taught us the right things to do and not to do,” said Derrell Bledsoe, Naomi’s son. “I couldn’t have asked for a better raising than what I got from my mother and my dad both.”
While his mother enjoyed the birthday company, Bledsoe spoke at length about his mother’s life, and attributed her longevity to living a clean lifestyle.
“She never smoked, never drank, and she’s a good Christian woman,” said Derrell Bledsoe, Naomi’s son. “The Lord has just been good to her.”
During her 85 years in Tyler, Naomi taught at and retired from Tyler Independent School District. Her son said she saw her work as a teacher as one of her life’s greatest achievements.
“She’s very proud of that, she’s very proud of her teaching," said Bledsoe. “Anything to do with teaching she’s all involved in.”
As part of her centennial celebration, she was presented a proclamation from the current Texas governor Gregg Abbott.