Natalie Anne Howard, owner of Natalie’s Needlepoint, a fixture of Larchmont Blvd. for 27 years in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, has passed away. She died on November 26, 2016 after a three-month long illness, according to an obituary in the Los Angeles Times and San Gabriel Valley Tribune. She was 85 years old.
A native of Pasadena, Howard made her store at 144 N. Larchmont (now the location of the Landis Labyrinth toy store) a focal point of social life in the neighborhood, attracting a loyal following of customers and friends from Hancock Park, Pasadena and the West Side. She decided to retire and close the shop in the 1990s.
According to the obituary:
In her retirement years, Natalie was constantly on the go. She traveled extensively to Europe and the east coast, and was a member of innumerable garden and cultural organizations. She was proud of her “white garden,” where her Iceberg roses and fragrant gardenias were always in abundance. Natalie was a member of The Town Club in Pasadena and The Beach Club in Santa Monica.
She is survived by her daughter Natalie Penn Hodges, granddaughter Lillie Grace Hodges and son-in-law Brett Hodges of Santa Barbara, and by her son Holmes Erwin Penn III and Dominga Valentino of Los Angeles. The family is extremely grateful to Marti Martin, Diana Perry Doyle and Dominga Valentino for their extraordinary care and organization during her illness. No service is planned. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Town Club, 378 South Madison Ave., Pasadena, CA. 91101-3376.