They met at a Greyhound bus station and ended up traveling through 70 years of life together, but on February 12, Nathalie took her last journey without Fred.
Today she was laid to rest at the Washington Veteran’s Cemetery in Medical Lake. While Sentimental Journey softly played, their son Ed read War Bonds Chapter 21 “Happy Trails,” which offers a brief snapshot of their life together.
The Mitchell’s moved 15 times during Fred’s 21-year military career and Nathalie loved the adventure of it. And post-retirement they still hit the road every summer.
“No planning, we just go,” said Fred. “We love seeing new places.”
I’m so glad I was able to see Nathalie one last time at a War Bonds event in September. She was a spunky lady who said the secret to their long marriage was, “He gives me what I want and lets me go where I want!”
Fred added, “And of course, I don’t argue!” He grinned and continued, “She’s a good cook and took great care of the kids.”
Nathalie cleared her throat. “And what about you?”
He grinned. “And me, too!”