Naomi Picou

Naomi Ree (Grogg) Picou of Ste. Genevieve and formerly of Kaskaskia, Illinois, died on Thursday April 18, 2019, at her home. She was 93 years old.

She was born on January 8, 1926, in Centralia, Illinois, a daughter of the late Floyd Grogg and Chloe (Layton) Grogg.

She was married to Norman E. Picou on April 24, 1954 in Marion, Illinois, and he preceded her in death.

She is survived by two daughters, Pam Barley and her husband Ken of Sunrise Beach, Missouri, Deborah Pratte and her husband Joe of Springfield, Missouri; four sons, Norman “Greg” Picou and his wife LuAnn of Springfield, Illinois, Mark Picou and his wife Sharon of Ste. Genevieve, Curtis Picou and his wife Lisa of Glen Carbon, Illinois, Alan Picou of Ste. Genevieve; one sister, Carol Ann Graham of Salem, Illinois; 10 grandchildren, Bryan Barley and his wife Rebecca, Scott Barley and his wife Mandy, Kimberly Matney and her husband Larry, Nicole Price and her husband Chris, Clinton Pratte, Olivia DeLay and her husband Matt, Megan Picou, Trevor Picou, Melanie Hemmerla, Luke Hemmerla; 10 great-grandchildren, Blake and Branden Barley, Lexy, Macy and Bryce Barley; Rachel and Billy Ray Peck, Courtney and Ryan Price, Brooke Pratte; and two great-great-grandchildren, Emma Laure and Samuel Donath.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Merle June Cooksey, Ruby Booth, Dorothy “Dutch” Leckrone; three brothers, Floyd “JR” Grogg, Kenneth Grogg, Harold Dean Grogg; and one grandchild, Hillary Picou.

She enjoyed painting, sewing, interior decorating, gardening and her most favorite was creating one-of-a-kind outfits to post on Facebook.

She loved life to the fullest and never met a stranger. She will be remembered for all of her exquisite oil paintings and her unique way of dressing.

If you ever had the pleasure to meet her you would never forget her, and you would have a friend for life.

As her children would say, she was not your typical mother.

She was a very special grand lady that will be missed greatly by her family and all that had the pleasure of knowing her.

A private burial service will take place at a later date. Basler Funeral Home of Ste. Genevieve is handling the arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital Alan P. Lyss Center for Cancer Care, 800 Ste. Genevieve Drive, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670.

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