|Birth: ||Apr. 23, 1937|
|Death: ||Apr. 13, 2008|
At the tender age of 18 years old, Natica Vionette Thompson sailed from Barbados to London, England leaving the shelter of her protective parents Lionel and Helena Thompson, now deceased, and her younger siblings Lenita and Lorena. Natica's journey was to fulfill her dream of pursuing a vocation in nursing, a career to which she dedicated the rest of her life because of her love for caring for the health and well-being of others.
Armed with her RN diploma from St. Charles' Hospital School of Nursing, London, England and a State Midwives certification from the Board of England and Wales, Natica's adventurous spirit led her to the USA in 1967 where she continued to devote herself to her nursing career.
Natica was the head of the children's wing at Maimonides Hospital in New York. There she developed a special love for children. She was a nursing instructor at the Brooklyn Training Center in New York were she taught Nursing and Medical students birthing techniques. She worked in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and was a Community health nurse. Through her love for studying and advancing herself academically, Natica went on to receive her Bachelor's degree in Nursing from Medgar Evers College, City University of New York, and a Master's degree from Hunter College.
In 1968 Natica met Raymond Jarvis, who became her husband and close companion of thirty three years before his passing in 2003.
Raymond and Natica relocated to Tucson, AZ in 1991. In 1996, Natica worked as a team member on the Surgical Health Care Group at the Tucson Veterans Administration Medical Center where she was responsible for the case management and care of veterans. She has received many letters of commendation, including Nurse of the Month, the Veterans Administrators Recognition Award and one of Tucson's Fabulous Fifty Nurses, just to name a few.
Natica was a member of many professional, social and civic organizations such as Borderlinks, Rockaway Health Council, American Nurses Association, Black Nurses Association, NAACP; Sisters of the Valley and the Black Women's Task Force. She also volunteered for the American Red Cross Homeless Program and worked in the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program for abused and neglected children.
Natica is survived by her younger sisters, Lenita Younge of Detroit, Michigan, Lorena Best of Barbados; nephews, Darren and Sean Younge of Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Anton Best and her only niece, Laura-Ann Best both residing in Barbados. She is also survived by aunts, Marcella Greene, Sylma Moore-Wiles, of Barbados, her cousins, Orlando McIvor Greene of Tampa, Florida, Orlando Franklin Green of the UK and her goddaughter, Valerie Crawford, of London, England. Natica also leaves behind other family members and countless friends.
Natica was very adventurous and traveled extensively all over the world with her husband Raymond. Nat, as she was fondly called, will always be remembered for her love of good cuisine, music, dancing, travel, the community and her sense of humor. Her physical presence is gone but she will live in our hearts, forever!
Farewell Natica, sister, friend, foster mother. May you rest in Peace!
South Lawn Memorial Cemetery
Plot: Sect. 8, Block 78, Lot D7
Created by: Queen
Record added: Apr 15, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26042763
God bless you and thank you for all your efforts to "Cheat the Reaper" on our behalf. Rest in Peace.|
Added: Jan. 30, 2017
God bless you throughout Winter, the cold, harsh season in which nature sleeps and goes dormant, awaiting the arrival of Spring. Rest in Peace.|
Added: Dec. 26, 2016
God bless you throughout the holy Yuletide Season. Merry Christmas (early)! Rest in Peace.|
Added: Dec. 16, 2016
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