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Charlotte (Upchurch) Villarreal Natale

February 1, 1944 ~ April 4, 2018 (age 74)
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Charlotte Villarreal- Natale went to be with her Heavenly Father on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 ­­ after a long battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis lung disease. She was one of ten children born and raised Charlotte Upchurch on a small hill side farm on February 1st, 1944 in Wayne County, Monticello, Kentucky to the late Hugh and Ruby Morris Upchurch. Throughout the years, she made as many trips as possible back to her childhood home to visit cemeteries, family and friends. She also traveled extensively completing work in many states.           

She graduated from Wayne County High School, Monticello, Kentucky in 1961 continuing on to one year of extended studies at Lafayette, Indiana.  She completed her Bachelor of Science degree after many years of studies in Public Administration in 2002. She married Eleuterio Villarreal, Jr. on September 18th, 1963 in Chicago, Illinois.  After this marriage, she became a migrant farm worker traveling throughout the country working at various farm labor jobs with her family. The family moved to Idaho in the spring of 1966 and after several migrating moves seemed to always come back to Marsing. Six children were born to this marriage.  After a long struggle ending in divorce in 1985, she married James F. Natale on March 2, 2000 who preceded her in death in 2016.

Charlotte became an advocate for migrant children, human and civil rights after losing her first born daughter to a devastating accident at the Marsing Labor Camp in May, 1966. She began working with Idaho Farm Workers, Inc. in 1967 providing services to migrant children. This program evolved into a Region 10 Head Start Program in 1968 under El Ada, Inc. This began her long journey and involvement with Head Start which lasted well over fifty years. At the time of her death she continued to represent Head Start migrant children serving on Community Council of Idaho (formally Idaho Migrant Council), Board of Directors. Charlotte was employed with Idaho Migrant Council administration for many years in Migrant Head Start as well as completing many Federal Reviews for Region 12 Head Start on the federal level. She moved to Ohio in 1990 to develop the Migrant Head Start Program for Texas Migrant Council and moving back to Idaho in 1996. She served on WICAP and CCI Head Start Policy Councils as a community representative. She was employed with the local Marsing School District in 2000 till 2010 administrating federal programs including Migrant, Limited English Program, Title I, USDA food service, etc where she succeeded in bringing additional programs for migrant and low income children of the district. She just received a 50 year Recognition Award for working with the head start program.

Charlotte is survived by five children, Noe (Cristina) Villarreal of Bremerton, Washington, Ruben, Rene, Ernesto Villarreal and Amelia (Adam) Mendoza of Marsing, Idaho, thirteen grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister Melva (Ernest) Henninger of Harrodsburg, Ky.  two brothers Fred (Mary Ruth) Upchurch and James (Ginger) Upchurch of Monticello, Ky. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband  James Natale, one daughter, Rebecca Amelia Villarreal, three sisters, Josephine Morris, Mary Delores Tishner, and Jessica Upchurch three brothers Linville, Cecil  and David Upchurch. 

A Viewing  on Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 12:00-1:30 PM with Rosary recited at 1:00 PM at Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Caldwell and Funeral services on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Calvary Chapel (Corner of 10th and Everett), Caldwell with her final resting place at Marsing- Homedale Cemetery, Marsing, Idaho.  In lieu of flowers, it is suggested donations in her name to Community Council of Idaho Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Program, Caldwell, Idaho. Condolences may be given at   

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