Natalie 'Tally' Welsh Satterthwaite

Profile Updated: June 16, 2019
Class of 1964
Residing In: Gilbert, AZ USA
Spouse/Partner: Barry D Satterthwaite
Children, Grandchildren: Tracey Lyn Satterthwaite 1966
Glenn W Knauer 1970
Rick Wrightson, Jr 1980-2008
Katherine More…Siobhan Seay, born 2008 to Tracey and her husband, David Scott Seay
Occupation: HS Librarian (Teacher); Retired 2012
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Tally Satterthwaite

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I spent 14 years at Gilbert HS teaching English, Drama, and Speech, which included directing plays and taking a Speech Team to tournaments. I received my MLS (Library Science) from the UofA in Tucson in 1988 and became an institution in our library. It was great--very stimulating, and perfect for me. Taught to full SS, which means I retired in May, 2012. Since then lots of travel and photography, but most of all grandmother to our one and only. I've never liked AZ, but it's home to all my nuclear family, so... Life is good--we enjoy ourselves. Recently discovered a group for Lifelong Learners at a local JC, and that's been really interesting, taking classes with them.

Different places I have lived:

Limited to the Valley of the Sun since leaving South Pasadena in 1966: Tempe, Scottsdale, Gilbert.

Family history living in South Pasadena:

Moved from Illinois to 1917 La France in 1954. I married and moved away to AZ in 1966. The family stayed in South Pasadena for a number of years after that, though in apartments after Deb and I were gone. Daddy worked for the So Pas Post Office in the 60's. Mom died in 1981 and Daddy in 1985.

Family members who also went to SPHS:

Deborah (Huertas) Welsh, sister 1962 In Spain since 60's.
Martha Welsh (Vasquez), sister 1969 In Tucson AZ
Amy Welsh (Comport), sister 1973 In Norwalk CT

Other SPHS graduates I keep in touch with:

Carol Siev (Mirell), '64, friend & sister by choice. Just did the Monterey Jazz Bash with them, 2/18, which was great fun. Looking forward to Road Scholar cruise from Montreal to Boston in fall, '18, followed by short visit to sister in CT.

School Memories:

Well, Mr. Phippin's suicide on Christmas Day, the year I was editor, was pretty major. Thank heaven Mr. Jacobsen was on hand and able to take over.
For "you've got to be kidding" moments, there was Mr. Doughten complimenting Steve Warner's performance in rehearsal for the Senior Play--Steve was drunk that day!
There were some good times, but too much angst. I'd always been shy, and high school is tough enough without that. Wouldn't go back for the world--I much prefer being an adult.
Writing and directing plays in 4th or 5th grade at Oneonta was great fun, and I guess gave the teacher a break from a pretty large class. I liked elementary school more than JH and HS, though yearbook was satisfying.

Organizations, clubs, sports groups, and other groups I (did or do) participate in (in high school and/or now):

VERY not into organizations--shared activities fine, but not groups that have regular meetings, elect officers, etc. I've always been too independent (read "stubborn") to enjoy them much.
2018: Stuck more at home for a bit, joined a Lifelong Learners program that offers classes and activities through a local JC. Interesting and fun.

Milestones & Epiphanies:

Grandmother--FINALLY--9/13/08. And Tracey was pushing 42 when she finally had her. Katherine is beautiful and bright and charming and fun; I'm kind of fond of her.

Losing a kid--he may have only come to us when he was 18, but Rick was ours. At least we gave him ten plus years of love before he died Thanksgiving, 2008. We miss him badly.

Mortality is very real, with my breast cancer and Barry's heart attacks. We're trying to get in as many experiences as we can while we can. I'm fine now and plan to stay around to play with my granddaughter--I've waited so long for her.

Family is worth working at: we had a reunion at Amy's in CT in 2005, and Deb's in Spain in 2011. Nephew Eduardo stayed with us a year back in '88, and we're quite close to nieces, as well.

It is possible to keep an old friendship alive, but it takes work on both sides. Carol Siev and I met in 5th grade, and we still get together once or twice a year. There's nobody like someone who doesn't just know all your secrets, but who went through them with you.

What's happening in my life now:

6/30/12 RETIRED!! Doesn't feel like it yet, though, since I've always had summers away from school. Already hit Disneyland at the start of June with daughter, granddaughter, and Carol Siev Mirell's family. Katherine, not 4 till September, is already tall enough for most rides--adored Star Tours and Thunder Mtn Railroad, in particular. (One height prediction says 6'3"!!)
Leaving for San Diego on the 4th for a few weeks with the family--get out of this stinking heat and away from a being-remodeled kitchen. Mirells will come down for a few days and take almost 2-year-old Shana on her first trip to Sea World.
Alaska cruise with Barry's mom (just 80, and a lot of fun) in September--his dad died in January. Barry had a 3rd heart attack in April, resulting in a stent within two telescoped stents in his main heart artery. Wants to live, so he's gone on a stricter-than-vegan diet that's shown to reverse heart disease: also cuts out salt, added sugars, and oils--even evoo. Weight is dropping and cardiologist is pleased, though there is damage this time.
1/2/12 Getting ready to work my last semester--weird. I'll miss it, but I'm ready. Katherine's up to doing sleepovers now. Barry retired early, and he's trying to sort out all his art stuff at home--think one step away from "Hoarders" show. Europe trip was fantastic; I'll post a couple of sister and offspring shots, but friend me and check my Facebook page if you want a fuller picture. Once I'm out of school: plan to get into photography more; travel as much as possible.

1/1/11 Grandmothering is my favorite; Katherine is scary smart and VERY two! Planning a major trip to Europe for summer is hard work: we'll do several weeks in Ireland and England before going on to the beach in Spain for our family reunion. There will be four Welsh granddaughters by then--mine the oldest at less than 3!

Husband just retired from teaching in May, and he's overseeing work on house while trying to sort years of accumulated books and supplies. It's good there are a couple of years to do it before I retire.

We travel, hold season tickets to the Suns, see family a lot.

May 21, Birthday, 2014 Wanted to travel: Yes!! Family reunion was great, as were Ireland & England, where we saw son-in-law's now 99 year old grandfather. Have been back twice more--to Barcelona, Madrid, London; then Best of Italy tour with extra days in Sorrento. This summer doing Glacier Nat Park with Carol & husband after seeing them at the beach.

Spring, 2018: Monterey Jazz in spring, San Diego in summer, and Canadian cruise in fall will probably be about it this year because it's time to get dental stuff done. Usually do more abroad--last few years we've done various sites in Spain, Italy, England, Ireland, Costa Rica, France, Greece. To do's now are Hawaii (seems like abroad), Norway, Iceland, and a few more.

Pastimes & Hobbies:

6/12 Just took a couple of jewelry making classes with Tracey--looking forward to creating some very individual things for myself.

Traveling!! Elderhostel (now Road Scholar) is fantastic--have to do more. Maybe try Ireland & England next year when we're on our way over to Spain.

Reading--duh. Actually, I really do love juvenile literature, and I loved being able to hook non-readers up with books that they like.

Photography--just a novice, but I've done a few things I'm proud of. Of course, friends and family are just happy as clams when I crop and improve lighting on shots.

Needlework--picking it back up to make things for the baby.

No longer a baby--love traveling with her. I think she's ready for another surfing lesson this summer ('18). Had one in '16, but a fin to the face put her back on a boogie board last year.

Favorite Music, Songs, Bands

Oldies, jazz--too many to name.
I enjoy music, but I don't like it as a constant background; silence is just fine with me.

Favorite Books, Magazines, Movies, TV etc:

Too many--have to come back to this.
To Kill a Mockingbird--all time fave
Wonderfalls, Ballykissangel--found on video
Slings and Arrows--student of Tracey's turned us on to this great, older 3-season show about a theatre troupe in Canada. My theatre friends didn't know it either, and they've gone nuts over it, too!
2018--binge-watching lots new as well as shows I was too busy for while teaching. Love: Midsomer Murders, The Crown, Victoria, Doc Martin, Detectorists, Doctor Blake mysteries, Offspring, many more.

Additional Comments:

Really sorry to have missed the 50th, but Carol Siev Mirell and I set up our Road Scholar trip to Glacier NP after her parents died very close together. I hear you were all suffering in the heat while we were bundled up in Montana.

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