A dry recitation of dates and places does not capture the extraordinary character of Natalie, and words alone cannot express the breadth and depth of her commitment to making the world a better place through her active dedication and involvement in community service throughout her life. At various times she was a volunteer, member, board member, officer, Director, Executive Director, President of more than a half dozen community service organizations; a Governor's appointee to the Windward Subarea Health Planning Council, one of the first women to join the Kailua Rotary Club, and lobbied and wrote grants to fund senior care and other philanthropic organizations. Natalie had a natural enthusiasm and exuberance for life that she expressed through active involvement in the community - a fact recorded in numerous letters, certificates, and proclamations from local, city, and state bodies celebrating her efforts. In 2016 Natalie was recognized as a "Living Treasure" and feted by the Kailua United Methodist Church. In 2020 Natalie received a Certificate of Recognition from the City Council of Honolulu for her service to the Kailua community. The thing is, Natalie was never interested in recognition and performed her services to the community because she believed that is the duty and responsibility of everyone. Being recognized for her efforts by others was always a surprise to her. While she is no longer physically present, her spirit and example lives on in everyone she touched.
Natalie is survived by her daughter Ellen Owens (Michael), son Robert Oda (Collette), five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. We weep at our loss, and rejoice at her victory over death.
A Celebration of Life will be held on April 18, 2021 at Kailua United Methodist Church at 11:30 a.m. Please contact the Church Office [808-261-6238] to register or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, 4/16/2021.
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Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary