Natalie Parker Plant, age 76, was tragically taken from us in an act of domestic violence on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, in Hobbs, New Mexico.
She was born December 1, 1942 in Stanton, Texas, to Reyes and Nancy (Olea) Salcido. She was a 1962 graduate of Hobbs Senior High School. Natalie was employed at College Lane Elementary and worked as the Computer Lab Manager for 14 years. She took great pride in her work at College Lane and was a loved and respected asset to her students and colleagues. She also worked previously as an emergency medical dispatcher with the Hobbs Police Department for over twenty years.
Natalie enjoyed cooking, and she would happily and without hesitation fix a full course meal for a house full of guests, whether those guests were expected or totally unexpected. She enjoyed some crafting, traveling, and not too long ago, she went dancing as often as she could. She was kind, hard-working, and generous. She was eager to watch her grandchildren grow and change in the coming years. She will be greatly missed, and her loss is deeply felt by those who loved and cared for her.
Natalie is survived by her children Darrell Dean Parker of Hobbs, and Debby Fisher and her husband Cody of Cary, North Carolina; four grandchildren, Derek Parker of Lubbock, Texas, Aidan and Liam Fisher of Cary, and Avery Parker of Hobbs; and one great-grandchild, Christopher Ruben Parker. She is also survived by her two sisters Margaret Salcido-Haynie and Alice Lackey, as well as a multitude of nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Natalie was preceded in death by her daughter Dinah Parker, her parents Reyes and Nancy, her grandson Christopher Lloyd Parker, and her brother Julian Salcido.
Should friends or family feel moved to donate in Natalie's memory, contributions can be made to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence online (https://ncadv.org/donate) or you may send a check to a local domestic violence center in Hobbs at Option, Inc. 200 N. Dalmont, Hobbs, NM 88240.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE)
Worked with Natalie at Hobbs Police Department many Years ago.She was such a nice person.I always teased her and called her Bonnie Parker.She will surely be missed.Rest in Peace miss Bonnie.
Paul MalloryTucson, AZ
Tyler Crow and FamilyHobbs, NM
I had the pleasure of working with Natalie at College Lane Elementary. Since day one of my first day she was always so kind and helpful to me. She was my first good morning every day at work. She gave tough love to the kiddos I’m the morning, but I got to witness many mornings her delight smile when a student would get up to give her a hug. She’ll truly be missed at CLE and I’ll miss her a lot! God bless Natalie and all her family.
Michelle Tovar-CurtisHobbs, NM
Miss Natalie helped me out during one of the hardest times in my life. I will never forget her kindness.
Lori EstradaHobbs, NM
It had been a pleasure working with Natalie at College Lane Elementary. I will miss her. My sincere condolence to all her family.
Yolanda LaraHobbs, NM
I had the pleasure of working with Natalie many years at College Lane. I was the testing coordinator and we worked side by side testing students several times a year in the computer lab. She was always highly professional, extremely hard working and honest. I felt more than blessed to call her a valuable colleague and most importantly a dear friend. She was very proud of her children and grandchildren, and shared cute stories during our breaks. She loved the treats I’d bring her daily to keep both going. She was happy to take my mini fridge when I found out I was moving to another school, and We promised to hang on to our many laughs.... such as me falling over my own feet in the lab.... and my hysteria when I thought the lab was down, and it was merely us forgetting to turn the computers on when we were exhausted. There were soooo many great laughs! There didn’t seem to be a thing she couldn’t figure out on a computer!!!! I admired how she was always in learning mode as we needed to give new tests and set up the lab for testing. We lost touch some after I moved, but I’ll never stop thinking of her and knowing my life was richer from her friendship! We chatted about recipes and travel often. I am trying to find comfort knowing she is at peace, but wish she could’ve enjoyed her so well earned and deserved retirement years! Lynne Tautfest
LynnePagosa Springs, CO
I worked with Natalie a few years ago for a short time. We connected with all our conversations. The world was a better place with her in it. Sending my prayers to all of the family.I am very thankful to have known her. God Bless, Deborah Frederick
Deborah Frederickmay, TX