It is with great sadness that we record the death of Tauranga Orchid Society stalwart Natalie Simmonds on Tuesday, May 30. Natalie had stepped down as the society’s secretary only at the AGM in April, having served the society faithfully and with good humour for some 25 years.
Natalie played a huge part in the life and development of the Tauranga Orchid Society and held such a cornerstone position that she was known throughout orchid societies and clubs of New Zealand for her knowledge and understanding of the regulations and systems that govern our orchid world.
We in Tauranga will miss her cheerful personality and her encyclopaedic knowledge of our own club and all its activities.
Our thoughts are with Brian and families.
Natalie’s funeral is at 1pm on Tuesday, June 6 at Olive Tree Cottage, Joyce Rd, Tauranga. By request, donations to Waipuna Hospice in lieu of flowers.