(March 24, 1931 – November 10, 2015)
Natalie L. (McCormick) Livsey, 84, of Midland, passed away peacefully at home on November 10, 2015. She was born on March 24, 1931 to the late James F. and Lucile (Olmsted) McCormick in Flint. She spent her early years in West Branch and Sterling. After graduating from Sterling High School in 1949, she returned to Flint to attend her mother?ÇÖs alma mater, Hurley Hospital?ÇÖs School of Nursing. Natalie established strong, lasting friendships with her classmates that endured for over sixty years. Her nursing career began in West Branch at Tolfree Memorial Hospital. The proximity from the hospital to the neighboring Texaco station provided her the opportunity to meet her future husband, ?Ç£Fran the Texaco man.?Ç¥ On February 6, 1954, they were married at St. Joseph?ÇÖs Catholic Church in West Branch.With jobs less than plentiful in northern Michigan, Natalie and Fran moved to Redford Township. There they raised their three daughters. Natalie continued her nursing career at Redford Community Hospital and Botsford Hospital. The time spent in the metro Detroit established lifelong friendships, including her ?Ç£Pinochle Club?Ç¥ that never really played Pinochle and a vast network of friends from St. Agatha Parish in Redford Township. Natalie loved life and enjoyed it on so many levels-picking huckleberries along the trout streams, camping with family friends, making pies, playing cards on the weekends, sitting on the beach, exploring fire trails or shopping for just one more pair of shoes. Natalie?ÇÖs special kindness made her a source of support to many. She always found time for others and supported her family with hard work, love and generosity. After retirement, Natalie and Fran enjoyed more than twenty years in Florida. Once again their spirit of fun allowed them to add more friends to their network. Natalie discovered golf and beach clubs that made it easy for her to forget Michigan?ÇÖs frosty winters.In 1993, the two made their way to Midland. Here, she again made more friends and thoroughly enjoyed her twilight years. Family was of great importance to her, keeping tabs on everyone. Whether she be near or far, her heart was always close to her family. A true grandmother, she was a source for treats and playtime. Her children and grandchildren were a source of great pride. She will be greatly missed by all.Natalie is survived by her daughters, Ann (Dennis) Orrey of Brentwood, California, Laura (Dave) Naudi of Brighton, and Amy (Dave) Sommer of Midland; grandchildren, Jonathan Naudi, Jeffrey (Emily) Naudi, Brandon Lehr (Brandon Andrew), Ashley Lehr, Bradley Sommer, Brendan Sommer, Stephen Sommer and Scott Sommer; great grandchildren, Carter Naudi and Elise Naudi. She was also survived by her brothers Robert (Betty) McCormick and Patrick (Betty) McCormick and her sister?ÇÖs in law Ruth Livsey and Betty McCormick.Natalie was predeceased by her husband, Fran, sister Mary Jane Sapp and brother Lowell McCormick.A funeral liturgy will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 13, 2015 at St. Brigid of Kildare with Fr. Patrick O?ÇÖConnor officiating. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at Smith-Miner Funeral Home and on Friday at the church from 12:15 pm until the time of service.Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider St. Brigid School or Pardee Cancer Treatment Center.On-Line condolences can be left at smithminer.com.