Natalie Jean Hunter born June 25th 1937 in Uniontown Pa to the late Elizabeth Mae “BETTY” and Joseph “BIG JOE” Thomas. She was the eldest of the THOMAS SIX PACK. Pokie, Pete, Patty, Brother, Kiki, and Lucy. The family was definitely a constant visual part of the Uniontown’s cultural heritage. Not only were they a unique family display of 3 girls and 3 boys nicknamed and spirited. Each of them gifted and talented in hospitality, intellect, beauty, charm and or of course the Southwestern PA athletic champion sportsmanship. Pokie as she was affectionately called. Natalie was her formal event name.
Pokie, married shortly after high school to help raise her husband LEON’S 6 siblings after the sudden death of his mother. Lloyd LEON Hunter Jr., preceded her in death after 50 years of marriage in 2008.
Pokie was most known for her sacrificial giving, loving heart, room stopper “special” commentary, infamous long slender cigarettes and super strong black coffee.
Yet, on the other hand, LADY Natalie was part of several social societies. She loved her horses and flowers most after her family and anyone’s children.
She owned and prided herself tending to her flower gardens children and mini farm. She joined a local Saddle Club & Grange where she rode her horses in parades and chaired fund raisers at the community rodeos.
She chaired as President and Vice President at The Friends of the Uniontown Library impressing upon previous leadership diversity and cultural change by integrating and incorporating Black History and black and brown cultural expressions.
Ms. Pokie joined and found her spiritual calling at the Interfaith Assembly for Christ serving as a Deaconess and a Missionary.
The Lady Natalie arose to her esteemed position as Past Worthy Matron of the Star, Bethlehem Chapter #34 Grand Chapter, Order of Eastern Star, Inc. Prince Hall Adopted, Commonwealth of PA.
She proudly awaited every 4 years to serve as Treasure and highlight “The Uniontown Black Homecoming Committee”.
We lost our GRAND DIVA, friend, aunt, parent, sibling,Sister in Christ, buddy on Monday May 10. 2021. She passed quietly and comfortably resting and REASSURED we would be okay.
She leaves cherished memories, laughter, antics talks, strength and “THE CHARGE” to her immediate family. Along with a host of madly loved nieces, nephews, grandsand greats, in -laws, cousins, friends, and many friends called family.
Her daughter, Stephanie “MIKEY” Carey, husband, Ernie and her PRIDE and JOY- Joy Grace.
Her two bonus granddaughters; Meghan Spears, husband, Thomas and great grandson TJ. Jheri Williams, husband Fred, Mya, Faith and Trae.
Her brother Richard “PETE” Thomas her daily amusement and ice cream, popcorn, porch buddy.
Her sister Nana Mae “PATTY” Hickenbottom her very own beauty queen, life coach and librarian.
Her brother Joseph “BROTHER” Thomas, her best and FASTEST support. Her daily harassment with evening debates at the kitchen table and porch.
Her brother Clyde “KIKI” Thomas. Her very own Professor of debate, thrifting boating and sports extraordinaire.
And her “BABY” sister LUCY Coley who she boasted they were born the same month 7 years and 13 days apart. Her amazement was that Lucy was still constantly on a go and challenged everything and anyone she thought she could and would. Just like she did when she was little!
Finally, her devoted friend and housekeeper Toni Jackson-Jackson. A mutual admiration from the beginning of their sisterhood friendship turned their personal healing stories into strong delight ful assurance to continue living to the fullest of their imaginations. Thank you Tones.
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