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I Miss You So Much


Thursday, January 24, 2013


**** Natalie Christine****, age 80, died on July 29, 2008. Born on January 24, 1928, in Pittsburgh, PA, Natalie was preceded in death by her husband Clarence and daughter Andrea. A graduate of Goddard College in Vermont, Natalie earned her Master's Degree in Public Health from Yale University. She was a volunteer for International Charities for health care and poverty relief. Natalie was most fervently dedicated to helping infants and children. She used her great talents to teach medicine for the Peace Corps in Samoa; to run the medical division of a refugee camp in Thailand, to direct an orphanage in Manila, The Philippines. She volunteered for the American Red Cross with its rescue efforts after natural tragedies. She worked with The Fourth World Movement in Frimley Green and London, England, in Belgium, and also in New Orleans in the USA to help to overcome the injustice of persistent poverty. Natalie brought enthusiasm to all she did: whether backpacking through Australia, performing autopsies in Thailand, lounging in a hot tub at Big Sur, listening to music, or studying poetry in Ireland. Her keen intelligence and generous spirit made her an ardent, protean student and teacher. Natalie lived in many places in the United States: Pittsburgh, New Haven, Columbus, Berkeley, New Orleans, Washington, Woodstock, Tallahassee and Urbana, IL. Abroad she lived in France, Belgium, England, Ireland, India, The Philippines, Thailand, Samoa, and Australia. She visited over one hundred countries. In Natalie's memory, please read a poem by Hardy or Yeats, listen to music by Faure' or Schubert, visit your local art museum or go for a walk and listen to birdsongs.

I continue to miss her and it does not get much easier.
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CURTIOSITY 1/27/2013 4:33PM

    Natalie, My mother passed away on January 24, 2004. She was 88. I have been wandering with her all this past week. She was my dearest friend. Thank you for this posting.

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BARCLE 1/26/2013 3:57PM

    Truly beautiful emoticon

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4EVRYOUNG2 1/26/2013 1:18PM

    What a moving tribute to the extraordinary, caring, and giving person that she was. Thank you for sharing.

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WATCHMEGO! 1/26/2013 9:04AM

    What an amazing woman! And what a wonderful tribute!

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GOODWITCH333 1/25/2013 10:53PM

    The Heart of the Woman

by W. B. Yeats

O what to me the little room
That was brimmed up with prayer and rest;
He bade me out into the gloom,
And my breast lies upon his breast.

O what to me my mother's care,
The house where I was safe and warm;
The shadowy blossom of my hair
Will hide us from the bitter storm.

O hiding hair and dewy eyes,
I am no more with life and death,
My heart upon his warm heart lies,
My breath is mixed into his breath.

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LIBBYL1 1/25/2013 10:43PM

  What beautiful memories -

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LISAMG1220 1/25/2013 9:31AM

    That was beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us. :)

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POPSY190 1/25/2013 2:23AM

    A touching tribute to not only your mother but also someone who was a great loss to the world.

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IMPROVINGME 1/24/2013 10:46PM

    What a beautiful memorial to your mother!
In honor of her memory I went to www.poets.org and read several poems by Hardy and Yeats. Knowing that she had read and enjoyed many those same lines gave me a sense of connection to the remarkable lady you miss so dearly.
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EMMACORY 1/24/2013 10:44PM

    Thank you for sharing. I recently read a quote that fits here "When someone becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure." emoticon

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MONIKA1948 1/24/2013 10:39PM

    What a beautiful tribute to your mother. Thank you so much for sharing her story. emoticon

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NORWOODGIRL 1/24/2013 10:09PM

    What an amazing, talented, and generous woman!

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MONETRUBY 1/24/2013 10:01PM

    What a beautiful tribute to your amazing mother. What a remarkable life to have led!

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SCOOTER4263 1/24/2013 6:38PM

    You wrote a beautiful tribute to your friend. It sounds like she lived a magnificent life, always to the fullest. If I could do a tenth of that, I should be satisfied. Thank you, Joan.

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CARRAND 1/24/2013 5:49PM

    What an awesome woman.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/24/2013 5:19PM

    My kind of woman. The kind that you wish you had known when she was alive. I will sit in my swing for a few minutes and listen to the birds.

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GRACEMCDOG 1/24/2013 3:04PM

    Boy, the world lost a gem when she passed. What an amazing person. I can't even imagine how much you must miss her. How sad to have lost her and how lucky to have shared her life. I'm going to go play some Schubert now on my new piano.

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GOVERNMENTALITY 1/24/2013 2:15PM

    In honor of your amazing mother, I read "From Oedipus At Colonus" today. Thank you to you both for making another life a bit better.

You have my deepest sympathies for your loss. emoticon

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THAIBEAUKITTY 1/24/2013 1:56PM

    Such a beautiful tribute to a wonderful person. I'm so sorry for your loss.

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-POOKIE- 1/24/2013 1:44PM

    Thats beautiful xx

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-THINQ- 1/24/2013 1:13PM

    What a beautiful way to memorialize your mom.

I'll do the birdsongs; when i talk to my DH on the fone, i can hear the tropical birds in the background, n' it reminds me spring is coming in a while!
Stay WARM there where you are!

ps thanks for your encouragement! it MATTERS!
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CORKYTHEMOM1 1/24/2013 10:36AM

    Natalie, I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved mother. Thank you so much for sharing a beautiful and heartfelt tribute on behalf of your mom!


~ Monika ~ emoticon

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IYA_EKUNDAYO 1/24/2013 10:26AM

    Beautiful tribute. I am so sorry for your loss.
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OJ_2_OK 1/24/2013 10:09AM

    She sounds like a beautiful person. I am sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing this with us.

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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 1/24/2013 10:03AM

    What a beautiful, vibrant, purposeful and maximized life.

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FITNHEALTHYKAL 1/24/2013 10:00AM

    An amazing remembrance of a life celebrated, savored and LIVED! WOW! Thank you for sharing with us... emoticon

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CANDOK1260 1/24/2013 9:32AM

    hugs emoticon for sharing

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AMARILYNH 1/24/2013 9:26AM

    Natalie, the more I read your blogs the more curious I am about your childhood. Did your mom continue with her career when she had children? Inquiring minds want to know!! I agree with Nancy - that was a beautiful memorial!! emoticon

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MINANCY 1/24/2013 9:08AM

    That is the most beautiful obituary I have ever read. Thanks for sharing.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 1/24/2013 9:07AM

    My mother. She would have been 85 today were she alive. My father insisted on naming me after her--or so the story goes. I omitted the names of all the "survivors" for their privacy.

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KASEYCOFF 1/24/2013 9:03AM

    If you don't mind my asking, your namesake?
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