A regular visitor to Boca Grande for a couple of months each winter from 1995 to 2002, she was a loving wife, a devoted mother and grandmother, a compassionate friend, and a brilliant teacher of both nursing and high school science. Her daughter, Nora Lea Rogers Reefe, has lived on Boca Grande with her husband Ed since 1995. Born in Bangor, ME, Natalie graduated from the University of Maine, with degrees in Nursing and Psychology.
Natalie married Bryan Rogers, who preceded her in death, while she was serving as a 2nd Lt. in the Army Nurse Corps in Ft. Devens, MA, during World War II. He was her training commander. When the war ended he took her home to his family farm in rural southern Virginia. While she was a Yankee living in the midst of a pre-Revolutionary War family in Virginia, she managed to win the admiration and affection of everyone in his family, and their friends in the surrounding communities, especially the members of Chestnut Level Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir. She loved music, and had a beautiful voice. She was an avid reader of everything, from fiction to non-fiction, as well as every magazine and newspaper she could get her hands on. She taught all of her children to love both music and books. She loved to do crewel work and cross-stitch and made numerous pillows and pictures for everyone she knew. She was also an avid photographer, who took many pictures that she used to distribute to the residents of her retirement community in Salisbury, NC.
Besides the time they spent on the farm, Natalie and Bryan lived in Dayton, Ohio, Winston-Salem, NC, Hartsville, SC, Roswell, GA, Danville, VA and Tampa, FL before retiring to Trinity Oaks in Salisbury, NC, where her granddaughter Donna Reefe Childress is an internal medicine physician. She was employed as an instructor of nursing and director of the School of Nursing in Danville, VA, and also taught high school science at Spring Garden High School, VA and at North Forsyth High School in Winston-Salem, NC.
She is survived by four daughters, one son, eight grandchildren and 8 great-children.
She requested cremation of her remains with the urn being buried at her husband’s feet in the Rogers Family Plot at Highland Burial Park in Danville, VA. A graveside service will be held there at 2:30 p.m. on March 21. Longtime family minister Julian Griffin will preside. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.