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Natalie Louise Garrett

August 7, 1943 - October 7, 2017

Natalie Louise Garrett was born August 7, 1943 in Los Angeles, California. She passed away October 7, 2017 in Coos Bay, Oregon surrounded by her beloved children.

Natalie grew up in Culver City, Calif. and graduated in 1964 from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Speech and Drama. At age 21, she joined the Peace Corps and spent the next two-and-a-half years in Dessie, Ethiopia teaching English to local high school students. She adored her time in Ethiopia and loved the Ethiopian people, as well as her travels around the globe during this time in her life.

She returned to Los Angeles in 1966 and worked in social services. She met and married her husband of 13 years, Kenneth Tanner and had two children, Christopher and Jessica. In 1978, the family moved to Ashland, Ore. As a single mother, Natalie graduated from Southern Oregon University in 1988 with an M.S. in English and a teaching credential. She taught high school English and Spanish for 16 years at Phoenix High School. Natalie had a true passion for learning, teaching, and travel. She was an avid reader; could quote Dickens and Shakespeare, among others; completed the crossword puzzle daily; and was a whiz at Jeopardy.

After retiring, she continued these passions by substitute teaching and teaching English at Rogue Community College. She traveled to six continents including teaching jobs in Costa Rica and Oman. She enjoyed philanthropy and volunteered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, participated in Delta Kappa Gamma, and sewed clothing for children in Ethiopia. She had a strong sense of social justice and did not hesitate to speak up for others. Her loving spirit, great sense of adventure, humor, intelligence, and friendship are greatly missed by her family.

Natalie was preceded in death by her father, Josiah H. Garrett; mother, Betty Garrett; uncle, Gordon Garrett; and brother-in-law, Ted Jackson. She is survived by her daughter, Jessica Tanner, of Lake Oswego; son, Christopher Tanner and his wife, Jennifer, of Bandon; sister, Beth Jackson; niece, Jennifer Jackson; nephews, Patrick Jackson and Jonathan Clarke of Los Angeles; and Orlin and Toni Ann Brend, her in-laws, of Coos Bay. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Children’s Heaven, a charity operating in Ethiopia. www.childrensheaven.org/#donate

Natalie Louise Garrett