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NATALIE ELEANOR SMITH February 8, 1972 - July 8, 2019

Natalie Eleanor Smith (1972 – 2019)

Natalie Smith of Wyoming, PA was known for her art and writing projects, exceptional research skills and gifts for organization and humor.

Formerly of Palo Alto, California, she passed away at her home in Luzerne County, PA after a 3 ½ year battle with rhabdomyosarcoma, an extremely rare cancer. She was born 8 February, 1972 in Santa Clara, CA to Jim and Judy (Terry) Smith, then of Palo Alto. She is survived by her parents, now of Arlington, VA, her sister Allegra V. Goodman and nephew Graham Goodman of Smyrna, GA, by brother Jamie Smith (Jenni Casey Smith) and nieces Ava and Charlotte Smith of Wyoming, PA, and by a large extended family in Luzerne and Sullivan Counties, PA and beyond.

Natalie received a Bachelor of Art cum laude in History of Art from New York University in 1996 and a Master’s degree in History of Art from University College London in 1997. As an undergraduate she interned at Sotheby’s Auction House; following graduate school she worked at Phillips Art Auctioneers, both in New York City. She lived for 4 or 5 years in San Francisco and worked for BAR Architects before relocating to the family home in northeastern PA, where she and her siblings spent many childhood summers visiting their grandmother, Martha (Shoemaker) Terry.

A highly imaginative, creative artist, Natalie worked in many media: Chinese and Japanese brush painting, origami, water colors and collages. She designed and executed quilts, captivating special occasion Trivia games, and a Bat board game with nephew Graham Goodman. She raised geese, sheep, cats (especially long time pets Motor, Kafra and George) and Ike, a giant Flemish rabbit. She enjoyed writing letters to many friends, especially after health issues curtailed her usual activities, and she participated in Visible Ink, the one-on-one writing program for Memorial Sloan Kettering patients. Her essay was included in the MSK Anthology in March, 2019.

Natalie Smith is loved and cherished by friends and relatives from the east coast to California to Australia, for her bright spirit and gifts for making everything more fun and efficient.

Gifts may be made in her name to Visible Ink, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, P.O. Box 21741-9901, Hagerstown, MD 21741-9901
or to The Lands at Hillside Farms Grief Camp for Children, http://www.thelandsathillsidefarms.org/childrens-grief-camp/ or mail to 65 Hillside Road, Shavertown, PA 18708; please write grief

A graveside service was held at the convenience of the family in the Mountain View Burial Park, Falls.Pa

Arrangements are by the Metcalfe Shaver Kopcza Funeral Home Inc, 504 Wyoming Avenue Wyoming,Pa 18644

For more information or to send condolences please visit us at www.metcalfeshaver.com

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    Andy & Mary Steransky says

    We are so sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful person.

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    Carol jackloski says

    I am so sorry for your loss, such a friendly young woman.

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    Nicole Stansfield (Lee) says

    I remember Natalie from years of elementary school through high school. Her smile was so engaging.

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    Gailanne McLellan says

    We share your sadness and cherish our memories of Natalie.

    You can shed tears that she is gone
    or you can smile because she has lived.

    You can close your eyes and pray that she’ll come back
    or you can open your eyes and see all she’s left.

    Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her
    or you can be full of the love you shared.

    You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
    or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.

    You can remember her and only that she’s gone
    or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.

    You can cry and close your mind,
    be empty and turn your back
    or you can do what she’d want:
    smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

    Poet:
    David Harkins, © 1981
    Silloth, Cumbria, UK

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