Natalie I. Bayer passed away on March 5, 2017. She went in faith to join those she treasured in life, who predeceased her, including her husband of 43 years, James Bayer, who died in 1988, and her parents Ronald and Hilda Buckrell. She leaves behind her beloved only son, Stephen as well as relatives and dear friends in New Zealand and many close local friends, of long standing. Natalie was born in Nelson, New Zealand in 1922 and she met her husband during WW2, when a large contingent of United States Marines was stationed there. In 1949, she came to the United States as a war bride on the SS Lulerne. Natalie was an enthusiastic Red Cross volunteer in the Optometry section of Boone Clinic for 21 years. She was a member of the Catholic community of the Amphibious Base Chapel as well as a member of the former Ladies’ Auxiliary, Unit 99 of the Fleet Reserve Association. Her hobbies included gardening and knitting. She was well known both locally and nationally for crafting unique, heirloom quality sweaters. Her work was featured in numerous shows, and in 2010 her artistry garnered her Grand Prize in a national competition sponsored by Lion Brand Yarn. Politically active, Natalie worked on campaigns for numerous Republican candidates. Her philanthropic pursuits included supporting organizations working on behalf of animals, active duty service personnel, and veterans. Natalie had a special love for animals, particularly of her two dachshunds, who were her constant companions for a number of years.
A memorial service will be conducted at Altmeyer Funeral Homes, Southside Chapel at 2pm, Sunday, March 19, 2017. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hope for Life Rescue, Inc. 610 Jack Rabbit Rd. Virginia Beach, VA 23451 by going to https://www.tmcfunding.com/search-memorials/campaign/1228?layout=single#.WMQtWKS_OJk.gmail.
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