Natalie Edmonde Meckle

09/26/1919 — 02/15/2015

From Richland, Washington | Born in Manhattan, New York

Natalie Edmonde Meckle

Natalie Edmone Meckle died on February 15, 2015 in Richland, Washington.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Franklin Charles Meckle.  She is survived by her nieces, Sandra Fisher of Dallas, TX and Natalie Renee Withers of Austin TX.   Natalie was born on September 26, 1919 in Manhattan, New York, N.Y.  and after graduating from Julia Richman H.S., she studied at the Art Students League and Twin Lakes Camp Counseling School.  Her recreation center career ended when she moved to Washington, D.C. to be a civil servant.  A transfer brought her back to New York City, where she married Franklin Charles Meckle, upon his graduation from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in 1944.  Three and a half years later they settled in Hayward, CA where she owned a pottery manufacturing business.  In 1950 Natalie joined the U.S. Naval Reserve and they attended weekly drills together, until he boarded ship for Korea.  After their 1956 arrival to Richland, WA, they continued their joint Naval Reserve careers, until their retirement, she as a Chief Petty Officer with 29 years and he as LT. Commander with 39 years of service.

             Natalie will also be remembered for teaching arts and crafts through adult education and in her own studio in Richland.  Urged to complete requirements for a teacher certification, she combined credits from Oakland Jr. College, U. of CA, and C.B.C. and entered Central Washington State College, graduating Summa Cum Laude.  Locally, she has been chairman of Camp Hanford Altar Guild, past president of Allied Arts Assn., past president of Reserve Officers Assn., Ladies, and a former member of Kappa Delta Pi, Three Rivers Mineralogy Soc., Columbia Basin Gold Prospectors Assn., Rambling Rovers Senior Travel Club and Kadlec Med. Center  Auxiliary.  She also had a membership in many national organizations.

She requested that there be no service.  

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