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Natalie Marie "Lee" Stanbro - It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Natalie Marie Stanbro, lovingly known as "Lee". Natalie was born on October 12, 1984, in the picturesque town of Mt. Vernon, Ohio. She unexpectedly left this world on August 10, 2023, in Biloxi, MS. Natalie's departure has devastated her family, friends, and colleagues who cherished her vibrant spirit and unwavering dedication to making a difference in the lives of others.
Natalie's passion for helping those in need led her to dedicate her career to Youth Villages. For Natalie, her colleagues became her second family, and she nurtured deep connections within this community. Recognized as a genius in her field, she never sought recognition or referred to herself as an expert; instead, she remained humble throughout her remarkable journey. Her patience, diligence, thoughtfulness, and protective nature touched the lives of everyone around her. Natalie was a fierce advocate for her team and worked tirelessly to ensure their well-being.
When reminiscing about Natalie's impact on their lives, her coworkers remember her beaming smile that could light up a room. She possessed a magnetic personality and had a remarkable ability to connect with others effortlessly. Natalie always made sure people felt valued and appreciated for their contributions. Her easy-going nature, insightful guidance, warm spirit, and unwavering encouragement will be sorely missed within the Youth Villages community. Indeed, Natalie's legacy cannot be measured; it will continue to inspire generations to come.
Apart from her professional endeavors, Natalie pursued various hobbies with equal passion and dedication. Music held a special place in her heart as she reveled in its diverse forms. She was not only a skilled musician who played the piano and guitar but also possessed a beautiful singing voice that could captivate anyone fortunate enough to listen. Beyond music, Natalie found solace in activities such as yoga, meditation, and exercise. Despite battling lupus, Natalie's indomitable spirit refused to let the illness weaken her body. Instead, she embraced life and found strength in pursuing her interests and passions.
Natalie's proudest accomplishments were related to not only personal experiences but also her unwavering commitment to integrity. Riding in her jeep with the doors off, sometimes in the rain, brought her pure joy. She cherished the freedom and spontaneity that these moments offered. Natalie firmly believed in always doing what was right, regardless of any potential consequences. Her steadfast conviction remained unshakeable, even if it meant losing friendships along the way. Natalie stood as an inspiration to those who had the privilege of knowing her.
A meticulous student throughout her academic journey, Natalie completed her undergraduate studies at USM before obtaining a master's degree in social work from Tulane University in New Orleans. Armed with knowledge and compassion, she entered the field ready to make a lasting impact on vulnerable individuals within society. Natalie dedicated herself wholeheartedly to advocate for those whose voices often went unheard.
Natalie's relationships extended beyond her professional life as well. She was a committed spouse to Kimberly Robertson and a devoted daughter, sister, and amazing aunt. She is survived by her parents Norman and Marie (nee Giuffria) Stanbro II, her two brothers Norman (Kristin) Stanbro and Dennis (Monica) Stanbro, her sister Susan Stanbro, two nephews Dalton Durant Stanbro and Sawyer Ford Francis Daniel; nieces Ava Karen-Marie Stanbro, Makayla Robertson and Alana Lambert; a great niece Saige Luna Stanbro; mother-in-law Linda Robertson; half-sisters Tammy Bean and Wendie Webster; several aunts, uncles, cousins, numerous coworkers and friends who all survive her, as well as her trusted fur baby Temperance. Preceded in death by her maternal grandparents Salvador and Carol Giuffria and paternal grandparents Dennis Charles Stanbro and Phyllis Whitney; aunt Debbie Stanbro and an uncle Dennis Eugene Stanbro.
In memory of Natalie's beautiful soul and countless contributions to humanity, a Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, August 27, 2023. It will take place at the Old Town Community Center located at 122 1/2 Court Street in Bay St Louis, MS. The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. and conclude at 12:00 p.m. It is a time for all who knew Natalie to come together, share stories, remember her remarkable journey, and celebrate the lasting impact she made on so many lives.
As we bid farewell to Natalie Marie Stanbro, let us remember her as an extraordinary individual who never ceased to spread kindness, love, and compassion. Her departure leaves an indescribable void in our lives, but her legacy will forever remain engraved in our hearts. Natalie's unwavering dedication to helping others and the profound impact she made on countless lives will continue to inspire and guide us as we navigate this world without her physical presence.
In honoring Natalie's memory, let us also embrace one of her final tattoos that read, "kindness is an act of rebellion." May we all find strength in these words and strive to carry forward Natalie's legacy by spreading kindness boldly and fearlessly in the face of adversity.
Riemann Family Funeral Home, Gulfport, is honored to be serving the Stanbro and Robertson families.