STATESVILLE Natalie Abbott Rickabaugh passed away Monday, May 20, 2019, at the Gordon Hospice House of Statesville. She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Homer Tyndale Rickabaugh. Also preceding her were her parents, Gilbert and Lena Thomas Abbott; and a sister, Iris Abbott Karl. Natalie is survived by two brothers, Herbert Gene Abbott of Jerseyville, Ill., Edgar Allen Abbott of Alton, Ill.; children, Beth Rickabaugh Setzer and husband, Dennis, of Statesville, John and Sandy Rickabaugh of Newport, as well as Judy Rickabaugh Candler and Michael Brown of Morganton. She also leaves her grandchildren, Mark Ryan Rickabaugh, John Parker "J.P." Rickabaugh, Sara Margaret Setzer, Rachel Caroline Setzer, and Andrew Davis Setzer, each of whom she dearly loved. Natalie's life was one of service to others, lived out in a multitude of ways. Born Natalie Rose Abbott, she was raised in Jersey County, Ill. She graduated from Jerseyville High School in 1952. She attended St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing in St. Louis and then earned her anesthesia credentials from the Barnes Hospital School of Anesthesia. Natalie began her nursing career in 1960 at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Va. There she attended Second Presbyterian Church. In 1960 she was introduced to a Presbyterian minister and missionary to South Korea, Homer Rickabaugh, who she married in August of 1961. Homer and Natalie traveled together to South Korea as Presbyterian missionaries. Natalie actively supported Homer in his mission work. She also became a devoted mother to Beth, John and Judy. Natalie fostered several infants while those children awaited adoption by families in the United States. She worked as a nurse and organized and ran the pharmacy of the Jesus Hospital in Jeonju, South Korea. Natalie gained a reputation as a gracious hostess to many guests who traveled to Jeonju. Guests enjoyed American cooking and a spare bedroom in the Rickabaugh house, along with her warm smile and the tender loving care that came so naturally to Natalie. She kept an enormous fruit and vegetable garden which nurtured her family with food and fostered a love of gardening. An avid shell collector, Natalie spent hours walking the sands of Taechon Beach on the Yellow Sea and taught her children how to find and identify more than 130 species native to those shores. Always recognizing an unmet need, Natalie was involved in establishing and operating what became the Korea Foreigners' Counselling Service in Seoul. After 22 years of mission service, Natalie and Homer returned to "the States" in 1979. In the years that followed Natalie was employed as an anesthetist at Cape Fear Valley Hospital in Fayetteville and then Grace Hospital in Morganton. She retired from the practice of anesthesia after 14 years with Tri-County Hospital / Baptist Health of Louisville, Ky. At every stop on her professional career, Natalie was a trusted and beloved colleague whose caring and expertise were sought out by peers and patients alike. She was active in her state and national AANA chapters, serving as a delegate to the national association on more than one occasion. After she and Homer relocated to Statesville to be nearer to their children and grandchildren, Natalie became an active member of First Presbyterian Church in Statesville. Once again recognizing an unmet need, Natalie was instrumental in organizing and then serving as Director of Iredell Christian Ministries, which now distributes food to hundreds of families a month in the Statesville area. Following a private burial, a memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 125 N. Meeting St. in Statesville, at 1 p.m., Friday, May 24. An informal reception will follow in the Fellowship Room. Online condolences may be made at www.bunchjohnsonfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Iredell Christian Ministries or First Presbyterian Church in Statesville. Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Natalie Rickabaugh.