Jody Nathanson 1932 - 2018
On the morning of November 27, 2018, Jody Nathanson peacefully slipped away from this world. Jody is much loved and will long be remembered. She leaves a strong legacy as a gracious leader and positive influence for many people, too many to count.
Jody married Sherman Nathanson in 1956 and they lived a life full of adventure, laughter, family, and love. Their marriage spanned 52 years while they raised their four sons and started several businesses, always side by side.
Jody was ahead of her time in so many ways. She was an outspoken advocate for women and children throughout her life. She questioned the establishment and challenged social norms of childbirth, breastfeeding, vaccinations, nutrition, women's rights, and a woman's role in the family.
In 1962, Jody became the first accredited La Leche League leader in California. She provided crucial information, kind words, and support to nursing mothers, day and night, for the rest of her life. In 1985 Jody became one of the first International Board Certified Lactation Consultants, where she continued to provide invaluable support to so many families. Jody was instrumental in bringing LLL to Japan and Japanese language groups, and was deeply involved in the LLLI Peer Counselor Program.
Jody loved to explore new ideas and places, always full of questions and eager to learn. She consistently looked on the bright side and always had a quick smile to share. She loved to laugh, and was happiest when her family was all together. The ripple of her impact on this world has yet to be fully realized. Jody will be dearly missed.
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