Natalee Forward, June 23, 1930 — Jan. 28, 2013, of Columbia

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 | 1:57 p.m. CST; updated 4:57 p.m. CST, Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Natalee A. Forward, 82, of Columbia, passed from this world into heaven Monday, January 28th, 2013 at Parkside Manor.

Visitation will be at Sacred Heart Church on Friday, February 1, 2013 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with funeral Mass following at 1 p.m. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.


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Natalee was born to Margaret and William Thurmond, the last of three girls, on June 23rd, 1930 in Millwood, Mo. She spent her life on the family farm and excelled in her studies in school there. She moved to Columbia after graduation. She was employed at the University of Missouri in the poultry department where she met James F. Forward and they eventually married on July 25th, 1951.

She had eight children, whom she raised in the Catholic faith. Her religion was her rock. Despite living in the country and not being able to drive, she stayed involved in Sacred Heart Church with Legion of Mary, the church choir, the School of Religion and other church-related organizations.

Her life was spent as a wife and mother. She attended school functions for all of her children and was proud of their achievements. She loved to travel and see new things and work on the family genealogy.

Natalee loved many things: her family, gardening, history, the Church, and her community. She saved letters and cards from everyone. She saved seeds, newspaper articles, family mementos. Everything was precious to her.

Natalee was preceded in death by her husband, James F. Forward. Survivors include: Ellen Forward, Alicia (and Doug) Walker, Carol (and Bob) Gladden, James William Forward, David (and Pat) Forward, Daniel (and Ann) Forward, Linda Forward, Laura (and Charles) Long and 13 grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Preferred Hospice of Missouri Central, 1900 N. Providence Road, Suite 311, Columbia, MO 65202 in Natalee’s name. Online tributes may be left at

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