Natalia Nikolayevna Lyashman

Natalia Nikolayevna Lyashman died Saturday, 16 May 2020, at her home in Webster, Texas, from health complications.
She is survived by her daughter, Veronika, son-in-law, Skip, and by two grandchildren, Kolya and Viviana.
Natalia was born to Vera Ivanovna Ivanova and Nikolai Nikolayevich Ivanov in 1945 in Leningrad (St Petersburg), Russia. She lived in Estonia, Finland, and then in Severodvinsk, Russia, in her childhood and youth and later returned to Leningrad to earn a degree in geography at the Leningrad State University. After teaching geography, she became an economist and later an accountant. Upon retiring, she moved to Webster, Texas, to be near her daughter and grandchildren.
She was a great lover of art, ballet, great literature and history. Being a geographer, she had a passion for world travel, visiting over twenty countries.
After moving to Texas she fell in love with it – its climate, culture and people. Houston became her second home. All of her life she lived near a coast, so Galveston became her favorite place.
She loved animals, especially cats (she was a Cat Lady, but not a Crazy Cat Lady), and enjoyed being in nature, taking walks through different parks in the Clear Lake area. Her balcony looked over a bayou, where she enjoyed watching ducks and ducklings, herons, nutria, opossums, turtles, and the occasional alligator.
She stayed active and practiced tai chi along with her grandson.
She was a devout believer of the Russian Orthodox Christian faith. Due to the pandemic the memorial service has been postponed. A private blessing of the body by a Russian Orthodox priest was held.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Friends of League City Animal Shelter, the organization that helps homeless and abandoned animals; this is where Natalia adopted her beloved and faithful feline companion, Pierre.

11 comments

  1. So heartbroken by Natalia’s sudden and unexpected passing. She was a vibrant, lovely lady and we miss her terribly.

    Anya Ezhevskaya
  2. So sad , just heartbroken news . Natasha was a great friend , so kind and lovely woman , she loved to attend and participate any event on Greek Orthodox Church, She always was happy , to see me in the church, and after we had a walk in the park and had a long conversation….. she was so beautiful and intelligent friend…..Rest in peace Natasha…..

    Tatiana
  3. Vechnaya Pamyat, my friend.

    John Ely
  4. Natalia Nikolayevna was a really bright, good-natured, shining lady. She loved the life in all its aspects.We are shocked at her sudden passing. We love. We remember.

    Vasilisa Datsiouk
  5. Having knowing her for only a short time I grew to respect and care for her. She exhibited a kindness toward others in her life. She was an animal lover and cared for them greatly. She was fond of arts and music. She was a good friend. My heart goes out to her and her loved ones. May Her Rest In Peace.

    Lana Miller
  6. Natasha, you left us so unexpectedly. But you always witnessed in our hearts.God bless your soul.

    Raisa, Nazar
  7. What a gift to have your mother/grandmother live just across the road for several years. Those memories enabled by that closeness will be priceless. It is my fondest wish that I will have that same opportunity with my children. Nowhere else would she have had a happier life. Our hearts are with the whole family. We love you all.

    Chip Shepherd
  8. Natasha was a great friend, she always helped with open-hearted advice. Her life was purposeful, honest and right. She loved life, her children and was especially her grandchildren, for whom she gave all of herself. Bright memory to her. She will live in our hearts for a long time.

    Anna Zakharova
  9. The first time I met Natalia Nikolayevna, she was full of energy, with lots of plans for life. She was in love with Texas, opposing the frigid winter of St. Petersburg. She was ready to learn everything she could to get in with the culture. It’s very saddening to have lost such a great life. If only she lived until the last moment possible. Глубокие соболезнования Веронике – потеря родителей всегда ужасное состояние… Надеюсь, Коля и Вивианна переживут этот непростой период и в их сердце останутся только самые светлые воспоминания о бабушке.

    Lana Pace
  10. Natasha was a great friend, she always helped with open-hearted advice. Her life was purposeful, honest and right. She loved life, her children and was especially loving towards her grandchildren, for whom she gave all of herself. Bright memory to her. She will live in our hearts for a long time.

    Anna Zakharova
  11. Natalia was a wonderful lady and a gentle soul. She will be greatly missed. My wife and I are very saddened. May her memory be eternal.

    Dimitri Tsiantopoulos

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