Obituary: Natalie Holtgrewe June 21, 1939 – Feb. 28, 2023

Natalie Holtgrewe passed away peacefully on Feb 28, 2023 with her husband and two children at her bedside.  Born in Hollis , Oklahoma on June 21, 1939, daughter of Francis and Tyce Younger, Natalie was one of 5 children.  She is survived by her husband and life-long partner of 57 years, Victor, their son, Vance Holtgrewe, and daughter, Shauna Jones, grandchildren,  Cadee Lynn Holtgrewe, Jared Tyler Holtgrewe, Dehle Paige Jones, and Tressa Lynn Jones, her brother Bart Younger, sister-in-law Sandra Younger, daughter-in-law, Taresa Holtgrewe, son-in-law, Brady Jones and many nieces and nephews.  

Natalie had a wonderful and full life.  She was a teacher, teaching overseas in Newfoundland on the Air Base when she met the love of her life, Victor, who was serving in the Air Force.  They were married on April 9, 1966.  While Victor was in Vietnam, Natalie and her infant son, Vance, lived in Taiwan so that they could be closer to Victor.

Natalie and Victor moved to Los Alamos in 1968, where they raised their two children. Victor worked for Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) and Natalie taught school and was later employed at EG&G.  After their children were grown, Natalie and Victor moved to Rio Rancho in 1995, where Natalie spent the rest of her life.  

In 1982, Natalie decided to become a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant.  Although this was just going to be a fun, part time endeavor, she progressed in her business, became an Independent Mary Kay Director, qualified for numerous awards, including Mary Kay incentive cars.   She used her background in education to train, educate and motivate many Independent Mary Kay Beauty Consultants as she helped them build their own successful businesses.  She spent the last 41 years of her life inspiring her business associates and servicing her wonderful customers.

Friends and family describe Natalie as loving, supportive, sweet, spunky, kind, and helpful.  She loved life and would always talk about how grateful she was.  Helping others made her the happiest.  It was her nature to look for and find a blessing in every situation.  She was optimistic and cheerful.  She drew her strength from her faith in God.   Her “imprint” on each life she touched was significant.  She will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her.  We are grateful she is at peace with her Creator and the Angels she always spoke of and loved.  A Celebration Of Life is planned for June 21, her birthday and the first day of Summer, 10:00 a.m. at High Methodist Church United Methodist Church, 1201 Golf Course Road SE, Rio Rancho, NM.

Natalie has requested that her Celebration of Life be an uplifting event.  She has asked that nobody wear black.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to High Desert United Methodist Church in the name of The Haven House. This battered women’s shelter was dear to Natalie’s heart. 

Desert United Methodist Church,1201 Golf Course Road SE, Rio Rancho, NM  87124