Natalie McLeod joined the Executive of MU Sydney in 1992 and continued to serve on the Executive without taking a break until she was suddenly called home to be with the Lord on Monday 29th June 2015. Commitment was a hallmark of Natalie’s life.
She first headed up our Prayer Department and it was during her 6 years doing that, that the annual Day of Prayer was started. These days gathered members of different Diocesan organisations together to pray for each other and were a great source of information and connection - and a lot of hard work for Natalie, which she carried out with cheerful competence.
Natalie’s quiet sense of humour was shown during that period when she would tell Executive she had had a contemplative month if she had nothing she needed to report.
Natalie then became the Western Region Vice President, and Senior Vice President for Mary Coyne, but she only served 3 years in that position as she accepted the position of Diocesan President for MU Sydney from 2001 until the end of 2006. It was during her last year that our office moved into the Town Hall Arcade and became a shop. A big change which she directed with her usual calming presence.
After her term as President Natalie stayed on Executive in the position of Immediate Past President. Her successor, Christine Jensen describes her as a wise, gracious lady with a quiet presence and a deep trust in The Lord Jesus. Over the years all the members of Executive she served with have benefited from her kind and gentle encouragement. I will miss her calm common sense very much.
But Natalie was practical too, and when the head of our Hospital Visiting department resigned mid term she took over that responsibility as well. She had attended a Hornsby Area meeting discussing Hospital visiting options just a week before she died.
Natalie wasn’t only involved with MU at Executive level, she was committed to the grassroots ministries of MU, carried out at branch and local level. She was a member of our St John’s Parramatta branch serving as Branch President, Links Secretary and always encouraging and supporting the other members. She was a regular MU Hospital visitor for many years and took her turn as a court volunteer on a monthly basis, providing tea and coffee and a listening ear for those who needed one.
Natalie’s first allegiance was always to her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and she saw MU as a way he had opened for her to serve him. I’m sure that she will have been greeted by Jesus with his words from Matthew 25:21 ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
President MU Sydney
In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations to MU Sydney for which we are very grateful.