Natasha Eiland Our dear Natasha Eiland passed away on July 19th after a long battle with breast cancer. Born Darlene Lugar in Gary, Indiana in 1941 and educated at Purdue, she settled in Seattle where, among her many other endeavors, she was the founding board member and an important champion of what became the Pacific Northwest Ballet company of Seattle. Later she settled in San Francisco where she established an antique shop and where new friends began calling her Natasha. In 1978, she joined husband Emmett Eiland in running a Berkeley Oriental rug business. In 2005 she co-authored a published novel, "The Last Resort." Natasha is succeeded by her husband, Emmett Eiland, her children, Joshua Green IV, her daughter Jennie Carter, and five grandchildren: Joshua V, Christina, Jonathan, Lindsay, and Tyler, all living in the Seattle area. Natasha was a beautiful, vivacious, friendly, intelligent, and special friend, mother, grandmother, and wife. For seventy years, she brought cheer, joy and fun to all. We will miss her.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on July 29, 2012