Natalie Camille Carter Bethard, age 96, passed away on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.
Born July 23, 1923 in Urania, Louisiana, to Eugene Carter and Ethel Myrtis Aaron Carter, both deceased. She was the youngest of four daughters, Catherine Sarah, Evelyn Euginia and Doris Elizabeth, deceased.
She had three children, Frances Elizabeth Bethard McNelis of Shreveport, LA., Rebecca Jo Bethard Campbell of Lake City, CO, and Janice Cecile Bethard, deceased. She has two beautiful granddaughters: Natalie Marie McNelis Demataki of Brussels, Belgium and Kathleen Elizabeth McNelis Legendre of Metairie, LA. Her great grandchildren are Chryssafia and Chrysanders of Brussels, Belgium
Natalie spent her early life in Montrose, LA. She had fond memories of the trains that came through her town and Mr. and Mrs. Slusher. They were her friends from the train and helped her when she wanted to go to nursing school. She graduated from Cypress Louisiana High School in 1939. At age 17 she went into nursing school at Old Charity Hospital in 1941 and graduated in 1944. Some of her short nursing career was spent at the Louisiana Ordinance Plant during WWII.
In 1947 she married LAWYER Joseph Eugene Ransdell Bethard, who passed in June, 1983. She was a Girl Scout Leader and a member of Broadmoor Methodist Church and St. Paul Episcopal Church. Natalie was a great cook who enjoyed the company of her friends and family. She and her late husband, Joe, loved to have big parties at their home and invite all of their friends for a fish fry or barbeque. She sang, and played the piano by ear, and many an evening ended with a rousing sing-a-long around her organ. She loved to share her cooking and visit with friends over a pot of coffee in the afternoons. She was an avid hobbyist and volunteer. Her favorite hobbies were English smocking, sewing and throwing pottery, which she fired herself. She was generous with her pottery, and many of her friends and family will continue to remember her as they use her clay pots for many years to come. She grew up sewing and learned pottery from Jan Van Horn at SPAR. She was a faithful volunteer at Highland Hospital for 12 years.
She had a great sense of humor even in the last few months of her life. She could keep a room in stitches with her impressive repertoire of jokes. Just the mention of a word could prompt the telling of another joke.
She remained in high spirits until the last few years of her life despite becoming blind. She lived at The Oaks of Louisiana from 2007 until her death. At the Oaks she enjoyed the social events, exercise classes and other planned events. She loved to sing and compete in bean bag baseball competitions. She loved life to the fullest and will be missed be by her family and friends.
There will be a graveside service at Forest Park Cemetery for the immediate family on Monday, March 9, 2020 at 10:00 AM.
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