Naomi Bond, also known as “Nae,” was an educator.
Bond died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013. She was 77.
She was born Oct. 22, 1935 in Philadelphia to the late Mary C. and Zaph N. Neal. She was the tenth of 16 children, eight of whom preceded her in death.
Bond was educated in the Philadelphia public school system and graduated from William Penn High School for Girls in June of 1953. She married Henry Bond on Dec. 15, 1969. They raised four children together.
Bond worked at several places following high school including John B. Stetsons and a nursing home. She went on to become a teacher’s assistant for the Philadelphia Board of Education where she worked until she retired in 1997. She worked at several schools but spent most of her years at the Reynolds Elementary School.
“She looked forward to going to her job every day and being able to work with the children,” her family said.
Her family said Bond was a loving, dedicated mother and grandmother.
She was often visited by her nieces and nephews who loved spending time with “Aunt Nae.” Bond had much love for her family which extended beyond her children.
According to her family, Bond was an excellent cook who knew her way around the kitchen. One of her favorite dishes was potato salad which was always expected at family functions.
“She was a great listener and advisor. She was a real, down to Earth person and did not mind a good laugh. She said what she meant and meant what she said,” her family said.
She is survived by her sons, Norman (Linda) Bond and Henry Bond, Jr.; daughters: the Rev. Norma (Isaac) Sanders and Henrietta Bond; grandchildren: Henry Nyfise Bond, Isaiah Jahlil Sanders and Alicia Daniels; sisters: Dorothy, Jean, Kathryn and Carolyn; brothers: Paul, David and Timothy; sister-in-laws, Patricia, Ernestine and Mildred, and other relatives and friends.
Services were held Feb. 9 at Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church, 2914 West Diamond St.