It all started at 11:07 AM on August 11th, 1936, weighing 7lbs 11oz. Natalie was lucky from birth. At 11 months, baby Natalie fell 3 stories out of a bedroom window, landing in the bushes but coming away with only a few scratches. This was the first of many times Natalie would make headlines.
Born to Natalie and Julian Alexander, she grew up in Little Rock and went on to attend Sophie Newcomb college in New Orleans, ultimately serving as student body president. It was there where she met her love, S.L. Greenberg, on a blind date, and married him soon after on June 5th, 1960.
The newlyweds briefly lived in Houston before moving to Washington D.C. and having their first child, Gary. Soon after, Natalie and S.L. moved to Little Rock and completed their family with two daughters, Lisa and Phyllis. In 1968, the Greenbergs moved back to S.L.’s hometown of Beaumont, where Natalie embraced her roles as a mother, wife, and community leader.
Natalie was a social butterfly who never met a stranger, greeting everyone she met with a kind smile and twinkle in her eye. She loved to travel, see new things and was the life of the party and the last to leave… much to the chagrin of S.L.
Natalie passionately loved her family and giving back to the community through fundraising, volunteering, and random acts of kindness. She held various leadership positions in the community, serving as President of both the Sisterhood at Temple Emanuel and Jefferson Bar Auxiliary and Board Member of the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Buckner Auxiliary, and Symphony of Southeast Texas. She also loved playing games and was a fierce competitor; always in it to win it whether playing in her 2 Mahjong groups or creating her family traditions and rules in Rummikub or Skip-Bo.
A go-go-goer at heart, Natalie lived life to the fullest, detesting red lights, grocery store lines, and slow drivers in the fast lane. She had an eye for fashion, a passion for fun and tremendous love and pride for her family. She taught her family the meaning of kindness, the importance of giving back and the value of laughter. Her legacy will continue to live on through her husband S.L., their children Gary (wife Cindy), Lisa, and Phyllis, and grandkids, Madison, Meagan, Haley and Jake.
She is also survived by her sister Phyllis Kaplan (husband Eddie), and their children.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Temple Emanuel, 1120 Broadway, Beaumont, Texas 77701, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, 500 Main Street, Beaumont, Texas 77701, Symphony of Southeast Texas, 4345 Phelan Boulevard Suite 105, Beaumont, Texas 77707, or to the Natalie A. Greenberg Presidential Scholarship in Fine Arts, Lamar University Foundation, P. O. Box 11500, Beaumont, Texas 77710.
A graveside service for Mrs. Greenberg will be 11:30 a.m., Friday, January 13, 2023, at Hebrew Rest Cemetery, 2219 Pine St., Beaumont, under the direction of Broussard’s, Beaumont.
The recorded service for Mrs. Greenberg may be viewed here: https://we.tl/t-sFHb7QB69A
Hebrew Rest Cemetery
- 2219, Pine Street, Beaumont, Texas, 77703,
- January 13, 2023
- 11:30 am