Registered nurse dedicated 30 years for others

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent

Dora Natalie Olmsted was a woman of precision that viewed life as being precious as she dedicated three decades of her career to the medical field caring for others as a nurse.

According to family members, Olmsted was just as nurturing outside of her profession as she was to those within her care.

She died March 9, 2005 in her home.

Alice Gossett, Olmsted’s sister, said that Natalie had a way of taking care of people, in the community or at work, that encouraged them while lifting their spirit at the same time.

“I admired her because she had so many skills, she was good at whatever she did,” said Alice Gossett. “She brought joy into our family, early in life and after we had our children, because she loved to have fun and wanted others to find that same joy.”

Olmsted was born on April 2, 1927, near Mesa, to Robert H. and Goldie V. Porter Elliott. She grew up west of Floyd, in the Mesa community and graduated from Floyd High School in 1947. She moved to Lubbock to attend nursing school where she later graduated. She was a nurse in Portales in 1954, before later moving to Indiana. In 1957 she moved to Cody, Wyo., where she became the director of nurses working in obstetrics, medical surgery, the emergency room and the operating room.

In 1960, she entered her place of worship with a broken leg which she had received from a skiing accident and there she met Gene Olmsted. Three months after meeting him, on March 25, 1960 they were married.

“She was a very giving person,” said Betty Gossett, Olmsted’s sister. “She had many opportunities to make money but chose to spend her time sitting with people that needed a friend, making them quilts or cooking for them,” Gossett said. “She loved to laugh and one of her greatest joys was her family. When she spoke of them, she sparkled.”

According to Alice Gossett, Natalie was a woman of beautiful character and had only three weaknesses: vanilla ice cream, chocolate ice cream and banana nut ice cream.

Name: Dora Natalie Olmsted
Born: April 2, 1927
Died: March 9, 2005
Preceded in death by: her parents; and a brother, Wayne C. Elliott.
Survived by: her husband; a daughter, Dianne K. Kidder (and husband, Fred) of Castle Rock, Colo.; four sons, Mark A Olmsted (Victoria A.) of Lakewood, Colo.; Andrew J. Olmsted (Patricia A.) of Travis Air Force Base, Calif.; Frederick J. Olmsted (Tracey L.) of Ramona, Calif.; and Richard G. Olmsted of Eagle, Colo.; two brothers, John H. Elliott of Portales and Tommy M. Elliott of Meade, Kan.; eight sisters, Lois W. Cavosos of Stanley, Irene H. Marshall of Las Cruces, Joan F. Goyne of Lubbock, Alice A. Gossett. Betty S. Gossett, R. Rose Rector and Burma L. Stark, all of Portales; and May E. Burch of Christianburg, Va.; nine grandchildren, Gregory A. Kidder, Michael L. Kidder, Leilani A. Olmsted, Marquis A. Olmsted, Shawn M. Olmsted, Ryan A. Olmsted, Ronnie Borrelli, Chance L Olmsted and Trevor J. Olmsted.