Natalie Bishop, 48, of Monterey, died peacefully Thursday morning at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, surrounded by her loved ones.
Natalie was born on Sept. 9, 1963 to Marge and Allen Roper in Palos Heights, Ill., where she attended elementary and junior high schools and graduated from Alan B. Shepard High School.
Natalie's business career included successful corporate management jobs with Williams-Sonoma and The Gap, among others. She was known for her keen design sense, organizational abilities and ability to work with people.
Natalie married Larry Bishop in 1991 and the result was her enduring pride and joy, her loving daughter Lauren Taylor Bishop, 18, currently attending college in New York City.
Natalie left the corporate world to become a full-time mother to Lauren, a task she took on with great love, devotion and delight.
Natalie was a wonderful mother, sister, daughter and friend. Natalie was known for her huge smile, outgoing personality and the ability to brighten up any room she walked into. She had a huge heart and would do anything for anyone she loved. She was always eager to help anyone who needed it, especially if it had to do with design, fashion or organization. She was also fond of helping stray animals and the homeless.
Natalie loved to travel and was always taking photos of all her experiences and travels, especially if it involved loved ones. Natalie was an avid tennis, volleyball and Pro Kadima paddle ball player and loved playing board and card games.
Natalie is survived by her daughter Lauren; her parents Marge and Allen; her sister Rebecca McDougal and her husband Doug, of Prescott Valley, Ariz.; her brother Allen Roper Jr. and his wife Leslie of Phoenix, Ariz.; her ex-husband Larry Bishop and his wife Sharon of Monterey; and her ex-husband Mac McDonald of Monterey. She is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins in Illinois.
An open house to celebrate Natalie's life will be held from 2:00-7:00 p.m. Saturday, March 10 at 1128 W. Franklin St., Monterey. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family asks that you make a donation instead to the Salvation Army of the Monterey Peninsula or the Monterey County SPCA in Natalie's name.