Tuesday, April 8, 2014

G is for Natalie Gorin

Natalie Gorin was my mom's boss at the library at Wichita Falls High School in Wichita Falls, Texas. She was also her friend and mentor and deserves a mention in the Yeakley family history.

She was born in  Port Arthur, Texas on August 1, 1911 to Charles Gorin and Minnie Coufal. They moved to Wichita Falls in 1930 where she completed her education and became the high school librarian. She dedicated her entire career to the high school. She is pictured in the high school yearbooks from 1941 to 1964. 

In 1948, she made a trip to California to visit my newly married parents. They were seen at Knott's Berry Farm, the Huntington Library, and the NBC studios. This photo was taken at the Huntington Library. My mom is on the left and Natalie to the right.

This is the photo taken in front of NBC Radio City in Los Angeles, California

Natalie never married so I am hoping that she still has family who want to know about her. I have lots of pictures to share. I am posting these pictures because she was important to my mother and made a difference in her life. No one lives without leaving a footprint.

She died on September 6, 1966 of breast cancer and is buried at Crestview Memorial Park in Wichita Falls, Texas. 


  1. Anytime relatives came from Kansas to visit us, my grandmother and grandfather drove them to Knotts Berry Farm. I must have gone there hundreds of times and remember it was a great place for kids.

    1. We spend so much time there, I am using Knott's as my "K" for family history. Bet I ran into you there.

  2. Everyone leaves an impression. I'm glad Natalie made such a positive one in your Mom's (and also in your family history).

    M. J.
    A - Z Co-Host

  3. It is really important to remember your family's friends. It is one of those bits of family history that you only know if you knew your forebear. I knew the friends of my grandparents, but for the most part I don't for my great grandparents because I didn't know them.

  4. Nice of you to honor her and provide her info if anyone is searching. My mother's family had a bedroom they always rented to a teacher, and she often speaks of some of the boarders as if they became part of her family.

  5. That's wonderful of you to reach out and let any family members of Natalie that you have photos of her. :-)

  6. thts a great tribute u paid to her.....

  7. I hope Natalie's relatives find this. The granddaughter of one of my grandaunt's friend found my blog this past year. She was glad to be able to identify the woman in photos with her grandmother -- turns out it was my grandaunt.
    Wendy at Jollett Etc.

  8. Great reminder that a family tree isn't all about family. Also I love this line: "No one lives without leaving a footprint." Great post.