OBITUARY: Natalie McCall Stanhope May 12, 1925–July 12, 2013

NATALIE MCCALL STANHOPE May 12, 1925July 12, 2013

Natalie McCall Stanhope passed away peacefully July 12, 2013, after a long illness, she was 88. 

She was born in Woodston, Kansas; to Henry and Emma McCall, on May 12, 1925. She met John Stanhope in 1939, they were married on December 24, 1942 in Bremerton, WA, during World War II–Pearl Harbor. They just celebrated their 70th anniversary. They celebrated their honeymoon at Niagara Falls, NY. They moved from Ellsworth, Kansas to Los Alamos, NM 1951, and lived in Los Alamos and White Rock till they moved to Albuquerque in 1995, to be closer to family. 

Natalie worked at the Los Alamos Medical Center for 10 years, till she retired when her husband retired from the Zia Company. She did work for the Los Alamos Hospital Auxiliary for many years after retirement. They travelled extensively in their motor home from Canada, Florida, Colorado, Oregon, California, Missouri, to yearly trips to Kansas and camping in the Jemez mountains. She also enjoyed a cruise to Jamaica, trips to Hawaii with her daughter Sondra and husband Dave, and to Alaska with her daughter Cathy.  

She loved to cook, dance, garden, and grew the most beautiful roses, plus was very crafty in sewing, needlepoint, crochet, and 3D French Art pictures, which she had hanging and sold in Jemez Springs at Los Ojos Restaurant, and the High Country Store. She attended many Arts & Crafts Shows in the Jemez and Los Alamos areas, including the New Mexico State Fair where she received Blue Ribbons on her work. Natalie loved the Jemez Mountains, and back in the day, the road to the Jemez areas was a dirt road. She remembers the lovely Baca Ranch, and had a private tour with lunch at the Kiva Lodge. 

The family spent a lot of time in the Jemez having picnics and family gatherings at her daughter Cathy homestead. She loved her family very much, and was very proud of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, especially the wonderful story’s her grandson Travis wrote about Kansas for a school project, and grandson Brandon wrote about his aunt Cathy’s horse Charlie. She was also proud of her great grand-daughters Kami, who is in school to be a Vet Technician, and Kaitlin for learning how to play the piano. She loved to watch movies, play family games like Tripoli, and loved to play bridge with groups in Los Alamos and Albuquerque. 

During Christmas holidays and friend’s wedding anniversaries, she would host parties at her home. She was preceded in death by her parents – Henry & Emma McCall; brother Walt; sisters Mildred, and Betty. She is survived by her husband John; daughters Sondra (husband Dave Mollohan); daughter Cathy Renee; son Craig (wife Wanda); grandchildren – David, Laura, Travis and Brandon (finance Christina); great grandchildren – Kami, Kaitlin, and Michael; brothers Don (wife Joanne) and Bob (wife Edna); special nephews and relatives – Jim & Vanetta Anderson; Steve & Trinh Keirns;  Larry & Carol Stanhope; Myrna, Ron, and Bonnie Stanhope; Cynthia, Kent, and Lynnette McCall, Cher & Steve and Naomi in California; and including other relatives, Ron, Diane, Mindy, Lacy Keirns; Don, Crystal, Dawna Anderson, and her special dog – Sweetie. 

Natalie said before she passed “I have lived a wonderful life, and have such a wonderful family.” She loved butterflies and said, “The next time you see a butterfly that will be me.”

A memorial will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 21, 2013 at The Village of Alameda Assisted Living- 8810 Horizon Blvd. Albuquerque, NM 87113 (phone: 857-7000.)  A private memorial and final resting place will be held Monday at Santa Fe National Cemetery, with a live release of 24 painted lady butterflies in her honor. In lieu of flowers please send donations made under Natalie Stanhope to the New Mexico Heart Institute Foundation – Attention: Martha Mowry – 502 Elm St. SE, Albuquerque NM  87102 or Animal Humane Association of NM Inc. – Attention: Marina -615 Virginia St. SE. Albuquerque, NM 87108. Cremation has taken place by the Neptune Society Cremation Service (505) 884-4057. May you rest in peace Natalie – you were a great mom, grandma and great-grandma. God Bless!

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