SANDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Natalie M. Henderson, age 91, formerly of 415 Yelle Road, Sands Township, entered eternal life Monday morning, October 22, 2012, at the Eastwood Nursing Center in Negaunee.
Natalie was born September 2, 1921 in Marquette, a daughter of Rasmus and Anne (Miller) Olsen. Her father died when she was three years old, leaving her mother with the responsibility of raising her and her six siblings. She attended the local school in her youth and because of needs at home did not complete her high school education. She returned to school later in life, earning her GED in 1971. Being raised on the farm in Sands, she knew the value of hard work. At the age of ten, Natalie became a 4-H member and over the course of the next nine years was in potato club work, canning, clothing, and farm accounting. At the age of 19, she was chosen premier potato grower in 4-H work for the Upper Peninsula, the first female to win this honor at that time. She was honored with a trip to the National 4-H Club Congress in Chicago for her outstanding work in growing certified seed potatoes. In addition to managing the farm, her mother was the postmaster and the post office was located in their home. It was there that she met her future husband, Erling "Scoop" Henderson. They were married on November 29, 1941 at Salem Lutheran Church in Norway, Michigan, and established their home and raised their family in Sands Township. In addition to being a loving wife and mother and raising her family, she was employed as a cook for the Sands Township School for two years, served as Sands Township Treasurer for 29 years and as deputy treasurer for 16 years. She also served as a 4-H leader.
An excellent cook, seamstress, and crafter, she loved to garden and enjoyed going to auctions. She enjoyed exhibiting produce and canning at the Marquette County Fair each year. A favorite pastime each summer was picking berries, especially blueberries. Her blueberry bars were a special treat for everyone, especially the grandchildren. Her family was very important to her. Natalie was a member of TOPS/KOPS for 40 years and a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees Chapter 1900 (N.A.R.F.E.) and the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Harvey.
Natalie M. Henderson
She is survived by two daughters, Judith (David) Wills, Gwinn and Anita (Jack) Heaton, Sands; and two sons, Dennis (Nancy) Henderson and Alton (Susan) Henderson, both of Marquette; eleven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren; brother-in-law and sisters-in law, Roy and Maryann Henderson and Stella Henderson of Escanaba; many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Erling on May 25, 2007, after 65 years of marriage; by five sisters, Maude Olsen, Gertrude Flink, Clara Bergdahl, Ruby Shaw, Minnie Johnson; and one brother, Carl Ross Olsen and also two infant brothers.
Friends may call at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Harvey, on Friday, October 26, beginning at 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m. Rev. James Duehring, pastor, will officiate and a reception will follow in the church fellowship hall. Burial will be made in the Sands Township Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 555 Riverside Road, Marquette, MI 49855 or the Activity Fund at Eastwood Nursing Center, 900 Maas Street, Negaunee, MI 49866.
The Swanson- Lundquist Funeral Home is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at www.swansonlundquistfuneralhome.com