To Noemi’s family and friends: Please accept my heartfelt condolences on Noemi’s passing. Her dear husband was one of my teachers at Bayless High School. He was such a kind man and great teacher. I never met Noemi but her kindness and love through such a difficult life is an inspiration to me and others. My sympathy to all.
I was honored to have her as my 6th grade teacher at Oakville Elementary in 1980. She told her story each day from the beginning of school to the last day of school. She taught some of us how to crochet during our lunch. My friend and I would ride our bikes to her house and visit her and her husband. Lots of great memories I have of her!
I'm sorry to learn of the death of Noemi Ban. I listened to her speak several times to future teachers at Woodring College and other Western students. She was a remarkable lady and I appreciated her story every time she told it. What a hero to look up to! And once when I ran into her shopping at Fred Meyer, she was so friendly and gentle and humble, as if she was surprised that I knew who she was. She was a great example to which the rest of us should aspire. I'm sorry she's gone, but she touched many lives.
I had the honor of bringing Noemi to my middle school, Mt. Baker in Auburn, many years to speak with our 8th graders. I would drive to Bellingham to pick her up the day before, and I was lucky to have that travel time with her to hear more of her stories. The students, year after year, adored her. It was thrilling for me as a teacher to witness their absolute awe in being witness to her living history. They always wanted to hug her.
She was courageous and so generous. I am forever grateful to have known her.
8th grade teacher
I had the honor of presenting Noemi to many of my classes in the Mt. Baker School District over the years. The last time I heard her address a group of students, however, was in my grandson's 5th grade classroom at Silver Beach Elementary. She still received the same full attentive audience, the same respectful questions, and the same sincerity of youth wanting to hug her at the conclusion of her meaningful message. It was my privilege to know her and always be greeted by her welcoming smile. Her legacy will live on in the hearts and words of those who continue to share her story. Tim Shepherd
Noemi spoke several times to students at Central School in Ferndale and her message of love and forgiveness in the wake of deplorable horrors had a profound effect. We were honored to have her as a guest at our production of "Fiddler On the Roof." She rose above tragedy and eloquently and significantly touched many lives. Thank you, Noemi. Condolences to her family.
Noemi Ban is a National Treasure. I was honored to listen to her speak several times and to read her book A wonderful lady who despite her childhood under a Nazi regime spoke of love and forgiveness. . May her message never be forgotten. Condolences to her family. Phyllis Kiehn
Mrs Ban was a strong, lovely, & courageous woman. I attended many of her talks on the Holocaust. She was a great speaker, it was as if you were there with her. My deepest sympathy to her family and friends. God Bless!!