Was born on September 12, 1939 on a farm in Washington County, Indiana to her late parents Milburn and Marcella Foster. She died at home on April 2, 2013 from cancer.
She is survived by her beloved family; husband Perry, children Erin and Dan, son-in-law Ed Lee, daughter-in-law Kelli and her grandchildren Maya and Zachary. She was the first of seven children and is survived by sister's Willa Duffy, Donna Wisman, Claudia Morgan, her brother Scot Foster and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her sister Ora Fulks and brother Milburn 'Skip' Foster.
After graduating from New Albany High School in New Albany, Indiana, she completed nursing school in Louisville, KY finishing at the top of her class. She then joined the Air Force. After training in Kansas, she was stationed in the Azores where she met Perry the day she landed, which was also her birthday. She began a lifelong love of travel by taking weekend trips to Spain, France, Italy etc..... while stationed in the Azores. She and Perry continued to explore the world highlighted by trips to China, South America, Canada, Southeast Asia, and Mexico.
After leaving the Air Force, Perry and Nat moved to San Francisco. They were married July 1, 1966 at the SF City Hall. They eventually settled in San Anselmo in 1976.
Nathalea will be remembered as a kind, helpful, loving person, and special friend with a great sense of humor. She was passionate about her family, friends, art, theater, music, politics and charity. A few of the organizations she worked with were the Interfaith Council of Marin (feeding the homeless), the Sisterhood at Rodef Shalom Temple, and the Sleepy Hollow Legend Club.
Three of her passions were cooking, gardening and reading. She shared her love of cooking by hosting elaborate gourmet meals for her family and friends. She was a member of a local gourmet club for over 20 years. Her cooking will be missed the most during the holidays. Her delicious matzo ball soup, kugel and famous latkes were legendary. She also had an everlasting desire to garden. Everything she grew flourished. Everyone enjoys sitting in the magnificent garden. A good book was the ultimate treasure to Nathalea. She began by reading the dictionary as a young child. If anyone wanted to know about a book, they would simply ask her. She read an average of 4 books a week over her lifetime.
When she would study in high school, she began writing 'notes' to herself with her finger in the air. Her sister who was 10 years younger than her, referred to it as 'sky writing.' She believed Nat was magic because she could see what she was writing in the air. She continued 'sky writing' for the rest of her life. Those who knew Nathalea were touched by this magic.
Thank you to all our friends, family, doctors and hospice nurses for the love and support you have offered us over the years. We are grateful for your kindness. At her request, there will be no formal funeral. The family will host an open house to celebrate Nathalea's life at a date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, Nathalea asked that you make a donation to Doctors without Borders (www.doctorswithoutborders.org) or any