Natalie (Calkins) Fredrickson
May 12, 2019
With her family by her side, Natalie (Calkins) Fredrickson passed away on May 12, 2019. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Walla Walla Presbyterian Church at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 14, 2019, with a reception following at the Walla Walla Country Club.
Natalie was born in Medford, Oregon to Ernest and Irma (Van Hollebeke) Calkins. Natalie’s family moved frequently when she was young, but Walla Walla was always home base. Her grandparents, Felix and Emma Van Hollebeke, settled in Walla Walla in the late 1800s. Natalie attended Principia High School, in St. Louis, MO her freshman year. Her family returned to Walla Walla where she attended, and graduated from St Paul girls’ school. She was one of nine in her graduating class. She attended Oregon State College (OSU), where she joined Pi Beta Phi sorority and graduated with an education degree. Later, she earned her Master’s Degree in Special Education through Portland State University. Natalie was an amazing teacher – she taught every grade except 3rd – including adult education. She taught in numerous school districts including Clyde, WA, Portland, OR, Tualatin, OR, Pasco, WA, and Umapine, OR.
Natalie married Jack Fredrickson on August 16, 1959 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Walla Walla, WA. They lived in Lowden their first year of marriage. They then moved to Pasco for several years, and then on to the Willamette Valley, OR. Natalie, Jack and family moved back to the family farm in Lowden, WA in 1976.
Natalie was known for hosting wonderful parties. She was creative with organizing games and activities. She gratefully shared her knowledge and appreciation of art, her love of animals, and devoted friendship. She enjoyed traveling with Jack throughout the world. Natalie was a lifelong learner; she was always reading, studying, and teaching others about what she learned.
Some of the many organizations that Natalie belonged to were: Wagonettes, PEO, Presbyterian Couples Club, Four Seasons, ‘Literary Ladies’, Art Club, multiple Bible studies and bridge groups. Her many volunteering activities included Carnegie Art Center as a Docent, Picture Lady (Picture Lab), organizing Children’s Art Shows, and conducting field trips. Natalie was a volunteer at Walla Walla Presbyterian Church – as a Sunday school teacher, VBS instructor, and along with her good friend AJ Clark, made visitations to church members at local nursing homes. They brought a smile, a treat, and let everyone know they were cared for.
Natalie was physically active throughout her life. She enjoyed horseback riding, playing tennis, golfing, and snow skiing. She could be seen taking her dog Shyann, for regular walks in her neighborhood.
Natalie is survived by her son, Mike Fredrickson (Rachael); daughters, Tensie Lovejoy (Mike), and Carrie Swift (Neil); and granddaughters, Erin Swift and Nataya Lovejoy. She is preceded in death by her husband, Jack Fredrickson; parents, Irma and Ernest Calkins; and her brother, Felix Calkins.
The family would like to thank Hospice (especially Kim, Alexa, and Lisa) as well as mom’s amazing circle of friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Blue Mountain Humane Society, Walla Walla Presbyterian Church, Walla Walla Community Hospice, or PEO Chapter FT. Friends and family may share memories and sign the online guestbook at www.mountainview-colonialdewitt.com