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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Sweet Natalie

(Natalie, left, Aubrey and myself when Natalie visited us in Utah)
About 2 weeks ago I got a call from my friend Laura letting me know that our friend, Natalie, from Simi had passed away. It was such a shock. This is the second friend that I have lost in less than a year and she was from the same group of friends as Ginger who passed away last July. I was so saddened by this, she was such a wonderful person and she will be sorely missed.
Let me tell you some things about this sweet gal:
She was one of the first people that I met when we moved to Simi Valley. She had a ready smile and a warm greeting. We became fast friends and from what I heard at the funeral, this was not unusual for her.
Natalie was the best mother. She loved all kids, but especially her own. I never once heard her raise her voice to her children (or anyone for that matter) even if they deserved it. She was so patient, kind and loving to her children. I wanted to be more like her (and still do!)
Natalie was a giver. She was quick to serve and loved the opportunity, you could just tell.
Natalie kept an immaculate house. I always seem to pick the friends that make me feel like Pigpen! But she never acted grossed out or uncomfortable at my house. I still want to be more like Natalie in that area, too!
Natalie was so positive and supportive. She was a great listener and never judged another for their weaknesses. I always made it a point to see her whenever we went back to CA because I loved visiting with her so much. I will miss seeing her on my trips back.
Natalie suffered from depression and took her own life.
Natalie was a beautiful person, inside and out.
I am so grateful for a loving Heavenly Father that knows and understands the struggles and heartaches of each one of us. I know I will meet this great lady again someday. Until then, her example will live with me. Thanks, Natalie.


Emily said...

that is soooo sad. How many children did she have?
I can't believe you have lost 2 friends in such a short time...I'm a little nervous being your friend right now. I hope you are doing okay with it all.
Cute Easter pics...Dylan is growing up fast!

The Pierce Family said...

I am so sorry about your friend...it sounds like she was a pretty amazing woman.

laura said...

that was a good tribute to her. i'm glad you got to go to the funeral. i say we need to make a rule--no more funerals for us. and lets be extra good at keeping in touch with those of us who are still here!

Rosey Posey said...

What a nice tribute Poppy. It was so nice seeing everyone. Hopefully next time you see us it will be just because you miss us and not for funerals.

shay said...

There must have been something amazing about the spirit of that ward...for so many of the elect mothers to be taken. That was a special tribute to your friend.