Natalie Henkes Buckthal – October 30, 2011

Natalie Henkes Buckthal, 83, died peacefully in her sleep on October, 30th, 2011.
Graveside services will be held 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at Llano Cemetery with Dr. Murray Gossett, associate pastor, First Presbyterian Church, officiating. A reception will be held immediately following the service at 2415 S. Crockett.  Arrangements are under the direction of Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Natalie Buckthal was born March 18, 1928, in Henryetta, Oklahoma, to Julia Ott Henkes and George Henkes, Jr.  Natalie graduated from Henryetta High School, attended William Woods University, Fulton, Missouri, and graduated from the University of Oklahoma where she was a Kappa Kappa Gamma.  She received a master’s degree from West Texas A&M.
Natalie married Walter Paul Buckthal in Henryetta, Oklahoma, November 6, 1949.  After living in Midland and Fort Worth, they moved to Amarillo in 1956.  Natalie helped introduce Camp Fire in the Amarillo Community. She taught Social Studies at Tascosa High School and was an Associate Professor of Social Science at Amarillo College.  She became a private pilot in 1982 and flew for over twenty years to many destinations.
Natalie served in leadership roles on the Board of the Amarillo Museum of Art, the Board of the Amarillo College Foundation, the Board of Visitors of the University of Oklahoma Art Museum, the Development Committee of the Harrington Cancer Center and the Board of Trustees of Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Natalie was a member of First Presbyterian Church and served as a deacon and an elder. She was a member of Chapter B, PEO Sisterhood. In recent years, Natalie spent several months a year in Key Largo, Florida, where she was a member of the Ocean Reef Club and the Key Largo Anglers Club.
Survivors include her husband Paul; a daughter, Julia Person and husband Will of Austin; a son, John Buckthal and wife Jennifer of Amarillo; five grandchildren, Natalie Heberling of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Paul Heberling of Austin, Anne Buckthal of San Antonio, Catherine Buckthal and Madeline Buckthal of Amarillo.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Regents’ Circle Scholarships, Amarillo College, P.O. Box 447, Amarillo, Texas 79178; or to the Presbyterian Children’s Home, 3400 South Bowie, Amarillo, Texas 79109.
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0 Replies to “Natalie Henkes Buckthal – October 30, 2011”

  1. We have happy memories of delightful evenings, dinners, yacht club events that we shared with you, Paul, and Natalie. Our hearts reach out to you and our prayers are with you in this sad, sad, loss. Natalie will be missed by so many.
    Love, Betty and Bill

  2. Dear Paul and Family,
    What a lovely, spirited woman Natalie was. He good nature and love of the Key Largo fishing experience brought us closer together.
    All her fishing pals at Key Largo Anglers Club will miss her and her tireless enthusiam for the sport.
    My heart goes out to you at this time for your great loss. God Bless
    With love from,

  3. please know that my thoughts and prayers are with each of you in the days to come…may you find peace and joy in your heart, knowing that your mother and grandmother is in God’s loving arms, at rest, and surrounded by Love.
    peace and love,
    Lisa Carver

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