BILLINGS, MT. -
Natalie Claire Schmitz (Nats) passed away in Billings, Montana on the 23rd of January 2015 at the age of 88.
Natalie was born in Kansas City, Kansas in 1927 to Walter and Mettje Herndon. The youngest of three girls, she spent her first 25 years in Kansas where she attended Kansas State University and met Bob, her future husband and life-long companion. They married in 1947.
In 1955, now with a family of five, they moved to Colorado where after a decade dedicated to motherhood, being a house wife (and helping her husband build a sailboat in their living room), she began work with the Coors Credit Union from where she retired in 1981. She spent the next 29 years, sailing, backpacking, traveling the world, playing golf, tennis, and spending time with her grandchildren.
Often said to never have an enemy nor have met a stranger, she spent a joyous life with her husband who was never far away in mind or body.
She was preceded in death by her daughter Katie and her husband. Natalie is survived by her two sons, Robert and Kirby, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
A small family service will be held in Denver, Colorado in the spring of 2015. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Rocky Mountain Hospice, 2110 Overland Ave. Suite 111, Billings, MT. 59102
Published in Valley Morning Star on Jan. 28, 2015.