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Natalie Knudsen Obituary
ODESSA Natalie Knudsen, 50, was suddenly taken from her family on Tuesday, February 5th 2013. Natalie was loud, sometimes brash and usually pretty pessimistic; but she had the largest and most generous heart. When Natalie took you into her heart there was nothing she wouldn't have done for you; loan you money, help with employment, babysit your dog and take on your problems as her own.
Natalie loved fishing, although after fishing in the Columbia River in Oregon, Texas lakes and rivers never satisfied her. Natalie loved riding her 4-wheeler with our little dachshund, Roxie, strapped into a backpack that Natalie wore. Natalie loved to come home after work, grab a beer and watch Law and Order: SVU (she was watching it the morning she passed away). Natalie cussed like a sailor. Natalie loved babies; all babies, any baby was beautiful to Natalie. Natalie had a beautiful voice that matched her beautiful heart.
Natalie was the hardest worker I ever knew. She gave 100% to any job she accepted; whether being the most successful Collections Manager at AT&T or the quickest to learn and excel at being a dispatcher at Enterprise Crude Oil.
Most of all, Natalie loved both her family. For her birthday dinner one year she wanted KFC to take to her brother-in-laws house because he had just come out of the hospital, in lieu of eating out like always, just so that all the family could be together. She cried and ached for her sister when she lost her job suddenly. She reveled in both the birth and the beginning life of her brother's youngest son. She agonized over her father passing away; and she grieved for her mother and sister who took care of him until he passed away, wishing she could have been there to offer support and comfort. She was deeply saddened over the rift she felt between herself and one of her sisters. She loved her mother, brothers and sisters with a fierceness that would have never diminished.
I had 10 wonderful years with Natalie; yes, those years may have been sprinkled with aggravation and heated arguments, but we knew we loved each other. We also knew that we had both loved before but this love would be the last for us both. Natalie often told me that I would never find someone who loved me like she did; and she was right, I know that, I told her that. I will never hear her tell me I'm the most beautiful woman in the world again; I will never hear her tell me to hurry and come to bed so she can rub my back; I will never hear her say my mom is the most awesome person she has ever met; I will never hear her say what a great young man Andrew is turning out to be.
Natalie Knudsen will be missed beyond words; beyond understanding. The loneliness I am already beginning to feel is overwhelming; but I know she was loved and she loved. She lived her life and lived it just how she wanted to. She was my Natty Patty. I may miss her terribly now and until I pass away, leaving Andrew with both of our ashes, but I know that my heart and soul will find hers again one day.
Forever Natalie's.
Published in Odessa American on Feb. 8, 2013
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