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Retiree melds stories and crafts at the library

Familiar Faces
By: Menka Belgal, Telegraph Correspondent
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Young kids eagerly flock to the El Dorado Hills library every Tuesday to listen to Naomi Lurey’s stories and do a craft. She never lets them down. She says that she loves working with the kids and it’s a natural extension of what she used to do. What were you doing before moving to El Dorado Hills? Before moving to El Dorado Hills seven years ago, I lived in Illinois my entire life. What an adjustment that was. My job at the neighborhood library in Illinois and my years of teaching preschool and first grade were now part of my past. I decided it was time to retire and begin a new life in California. I waited anxiously for the El Dorado Hills library to open and the moment it did, I made a beeline to see someone about volunteering. That was five years ago and I’m thrilled to be doing a weekly storytime and craft for young children. What are some of the most interesting things that have happened to you? I had never traveled out of the country until November 2010, when I went to Italy with the El Dorado Hills Chamber. That trip was one of the most interesting things that has happened to me recently. A nice, but scary experience happened to me on my honeymoon when my husband, Dan, who had a pilot’s license, took me up in a single-engine plane and flew us around the Bahamas. I couldn’t let go of his arm the whole time. Never again did I fly with him. Do you give back to the community? Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community. The El Dorado Hills Senior Center is one of my favorite places. An opportunity came up to help with the newsletter “The Grands’ & The Greats’ Gazette,” which gives everyone a chance to write stories about their grandparents and grandchildren. Our committee incorporates those stories into the quarterly newsletter. I will also be joining the Dorcus Quilters which makes childrens’ quilts for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). What hobbies do you enjoy? Just put me in a fabric store and I’m in heaven. I was sewing clothes for my daughter and son before they were even born and eventually quilting became my main interest. My quilts are being enjoyed by my grandchildren, and several great nieces and nephews. My three granddaughters sewed quilts for the 2010 Folsom Quilt Show and they will again have quilts in the 2012 show. My latest quilt, which I named “Remembering the Wizard of Oz,” will be exhibited. Tell us about your family. My children and I live within one block of each other. How wonderful is that? Cheryl, my daughter, and her husband Pete, are parents to Haley and Alex. Craig, my son, and his wife Arlene, are parents to Daniela and Sophia. We all moved here together from Illinois. Dan, my husband, passed away nine years ago and that became a defining moment in my life. What are you most proud of? I am very proud that my husband and I raised two children who married wonderful spouses and are great parents.