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Hillcrest Memorial Center

Natalie Carole Hereford joined her husband Kenneth Charles Hereford in the kingdom of heaven on January 13, 2014. Natalie was embraced by the love of her daughters and their families in her final journey at her daughter and sons-in-law home.

Natalie was born on January 9, 1941 in Thief River Falls, Minnesota to Norman D. and Cecilia M. Johnson.

Natalie married her husband of 34 years on December 7, 1962.

Natalie loved her career as a Radiologic Technician. She worked for Benton Franklin Orthopedic for 24 years. Natalie studied at the University of Minnesota and graduated from St. Mary's Hospital School of Technology in 1961.

Natalie enjoyed sewing, gardening, crocheting, and all activities that involved spending time with her children and grandchildren. Natalie took extra pleasure in attending the Pendleton Round-up.

Natalie is survived by her children and grandchildren, daughter Debra Koons, and her children Erik and Zackary Koons; daughter Dana (Long) Nguyen, and their children Shane and Alyse Monroe; son, Scott Hereford; former daughter-in-law.

Julie Sovereign, and their children Andruw and Dylan Hereford; daughter Stephanie (Perry) Smith; Sister Judy Wencl, Seattle, WA; brother Jay Wheeler, Rochert, MN.

Natalie was preceded in death by her husband of 34 years, Kenneth Charles Hereford, parents Norman and Cecilia (Peggy) Johnson and sister Peggy Nan Wheeler.

In lieu of flowers Natalie requested that all donations be made to Heartlinks Palliative Care and Hospice, 3920 Outlook Road, Sunnyside, WA 98944,, (509) 837-1676.

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Published in Tri-City Herald on Jan. 16, 2014
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