Nate’ Marie Pence

April 18, 1975 - August 28, 2008

04/18/1975 - 08/28/2008

Past Services

Tuesday September 02, 2008
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Virginia Beach
5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
800-934-4648 | Directions
Tuesday September 02, 2008
11:00 am
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Virginia Beach
5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
800-934-4648 | Directions
Tuesday September 02, 2008
12:15 pm
Colonial Grove Memorial Park
3445 Princess Anne Road
Virginia Beach, VA

Nate’ M. Pence

Nate’ Marie Pence, 33, of Harrisonburg, went to be with the Lord Thursday, August 28, 2008, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Nate’ was born April 18, 1975, in Virginia Beach, Virginia and is the daughter of Barbara “Sue” and Joseph H. Norris, Jr .of Virginia Beach.

She was a proud graduate of Virginia Tech in 1997.She worked as a Food Scientist in the meat and poultry industry and was most recently employed by Cargill Incorporated. In the many places she lived she touched many people’s lives and was known for her kind and gentle spirit.

On June 15, 2002, she married Devon Franklin Pence, who survives. Additional family includes a son Hayden Franklin Pence, of Harrisonburg; a sister, Tammy Lynn Lewis, and husband Jerry, of Virginia Beach; brothers, Chris Sisler, and wife Lisa, of Virginia Beach, Troy Norris, and Terry Norris, and wife Cathy, of Baltimore, MD; in-laws, H. Douglas Pence, Jr. and Jo-Ann Pence of Woodstock; brother-in-law, Justin Pence, also of Woodstock; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and extended family.

Services will be held on Sunday, August 31, 2008, at 7 pm at the Kyger Funeral Home Chapel in Harrisonburg with the Rev. Lowe Norman officiating. Additional services will be held on Tuesday September 2, 2008 at the Altmeyer Funeral Home at 5792 Greenwich Rd., Virginia Beach, VA at 11 o’clock. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in Colonial Grove Memorial Park in Virginia Beach.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her honor to The University of Virginia Cancer Center at 1300 Jefferson Park Ave, Charlottesville, VA. 22908.

Online condolences may be made to Mrs. Pence’s family at

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Len & Jerrie Pallett
8 years ago

All of you are in our hearts and in our prayers as you are going through this very sad time in your lives. We pray that God will wrap His loving arms around you and bring comfort to you. He loves you so much.

With His Great Love,

Len & Jerrie Pallett

Kelly Clark Nordby
8 years ago

Dear Devon and Hayden, Mr. and Mrs. Norris and family,

JR best known by Nate’ as Jir and I have so many fond memories of Nate’ especially while at Virginia Tech, where she was my dear friend and roomate. This is so silly, but I think of Nate’ every time I pluck my eyebrows…she taught me this great trick to spray hairspray on the eyebrow brush to keep them in place : This is just one of many fond and frequent memories that I have of my friendship with her. She was truly a gem of a person. We are so truly shocked and deeply sorry to hear of her passing. Nate’ always spoke with such heartfelt love about her family, and we know that she took comfort and gained strength by having such a loving and supportive family around her during her battle. We will always remember Nate’s signature and hearty laugh, warm smile, and her fearless and passionate spirit for life. You and your family are in our hearts and prayers.

Renee Coleman
8 years ago

Dear Pence Family,

I just wanted to express my condolences for the death of your loved one, Nate’ M. Pence. Please know that you are not alone. All of us have experienced the pain of losing a dear loved one in death. It is at such times that we may wonder how we can possibly cope. IâÄôm sure you would agree that the Bible can be of great help. Psalm 55:22 says: “Throw your burden upon Jehovah himself, And he himself will sustain you.” So we can pour out our feelings to God who comforts us in all our distresses and promises to help us endure. The Bible further discusses some practical coping skills such as, talking to a trusted friend about your feelings Proverbs 17:17, writing down your feelings as David did following the death of Saul and Jonathan 2 Samuel 1:17-27, and crying which can serve as an emotional release. Even Jesus Christ-when he was on the earth-âÄúgave way to tearsâÄù over the death of his dear friend Lazarus John 11:33, 35. Please know that death is not the end and it sure was not God’s original purpose for humans to die. God purposed that humans live forever on a paradise earth and soon that will be a reality by means of GodâÄôs Kingdom. I hope you have found these words to be of some encouragement. Again, you have my deepest sympathy.

Jackie Goodwin
8 years ago

Dear Sue, Joe & Family

I am so sorry for your loss. Please know you are in my heart and prayers today and always. May God Bless you all.

Love Jackie Goodwin

Jim Jandrain
8 years ago


Vonnie and I want you to know Nate and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Nate was a joy to work and be around. We all loose loved ones but this is especialy difficult when they are so young. Devon, remember the good times you had together. We will all pray for Nate and for you and your family to get through this.

Debbie Nece
8 years ago

Devon, Hayden and Family,

Words can not express what a wonderful lady that Naté was. She brought so much to many of us. Her laughter was uplifting and great to hear. She worked hard for Cargill but she also gave so much to family and friends. We really missed all her little jokes like calendar reminders that she worked harder than Mike. I still laugh at the eagle statue that went everywhere and the VT bear that she thought got cut up. Our prayers are with all of Naté family and friends and that she is uplifted to be with the Lord.

Debbie Nece

Donna Farmer
8 years ago

I am sorry, and deeply saddened by the loss of your daughter. I would like to say that I know what to say, but I don’t. She was your child, and as a

parent myself my heart aches for both of you. I would like to say I will keep you in my prayers, and you always know where to find me if there is anything I can do. God Bless Love, Donna at Dr. Salsano’s

Donna J. Eaton
8 years ago

I can’t even begain to express the sorrow I feel for Nate’s family. May God watch over you all in these sorrowful times.

With my deepest sympathy,

Donna Eaton

Kathie Schirf
8 years ago

I had the privilege of working with Nate regarding federal regulatory issues with the Department of Agriculture. She was always a warm, kind and lovely professional. It was my joy to work with her. I am so very sorry for your tremendous loss. I pray that God will comfort all of your hearts and that you will be aware of and feel His presence.

Matt Osborn
8 years ago

I just wanted to express my sorrow over the loss of a wonderful lady. Devon and Hayden are in my prayers. It is in these times when the Hope of salvation, Jesus Christ, is all that will quench our thirst for answers. We can take comfort that she is indeed in better hands now. May the Lord comfort as only He can.

Travis Whitebird
8 years ago

I want to express my sincere condolences to the Pence family. May God bless you all.

Christine Means
8 years ago

I want to let Sue and her family know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. I hope that you will find peace in your heart that passes all understanding. God Bless!

Christine Means Harris Teeter

Mike Dandrea
8 years ago

I was Natés last supervisor at Cargill. I never got to know her very well, but I knew she would be very good for our department. She would definitely raise up the standard of performance for all of us. I missed her all this year as she struggled to keep working throughout her battle. Please allow me to share your sorrow and loss.

Enid & Dick Denniston
8 years ago

It is with deep sympathy that we send our condolences to both the Pence and Norris families.

Mandie Grimstead-Whitlow
8 years ago

Joe, Sue, Devon and family,

I just learned of your loss. I am so sorry. She was an amazing woman! Her kindness and gentleness was like no other. Heaven gained an ANGEL the day she lost her battle with cancer. We were great friends in high school Cox and had lots of great time together. She was always watching out for me and was a great friend! She will be GREATLY missed!

Roger Lipinski
8 years ago

May God bless your family as I am sure God has already blessed Nate’ and has her in his trust.

I have many fold memories of her and will always think of her with a smile on my face and love in my heart. Just a wonderful person.

Norman Soroko
8 years ago

My deepest and heartfelt sympathy goes out to all of Nate’ immediate family and extended family. I work with Chris and I know just how hard it can be for him at this time. Please know we are all here to comfort you and get you and the family through this most difficult time. Again, my deepest and hearfelt wishes to all the family on the loss of Nate’.

aunt glennis
8 years ago

My heart is sadened for the loss but the peace of knowing nate is in the arms of Jesus gives me hope to see her again. Jesus only takes the best .

Marsha Anthony
8 years ago

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Marsha Anthony Traci Corcoran’s mom

Traci Gladstone Corcoran
8 years ago

Nate’, I love and miss you more than words can express. I will treasure every memory and there are thousands of them from our 21 year friendship. You will forever remain my best friend and I know you will always be with us ~ our beautiful guardian angel. Every time I close my eyes I see your warm glowing smile.

My deepest sympathies go out to all of your family — Joe and Sue, Chris and Lisa and kids, Tammy and Jerry and kids, and to Devon and your precious boy Hayden. I love you all!

Linda and JP
8 years ago

Sue, Joe, Devon, and family,

I just learned of your loss. The online video is a wonderful testament. We remember the many shared memories from Green Run BC and the girls growing up. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy.

Linda & JP, Brandi & girls

Stuart and Nancy Smith
8 years ago

To Joe and Sue, We were so sorry to hear about Nate’s passing. You and all the family are in our prayers. We ask God to give you the strength and peace that only He can give in times like these.

Patti Thyer's sister and Ron
8 years ago

To Nate’s Loving Family,

We know your hearts are broken. We just don’t know what to say. Some things just don’t make any sense. Please accept our love and prayers and may God keep you wrapped in his arms.

Heather Wilson
8 years ago

To the Pence and Norris Family,

I am so sorry for the loss of your daughter, wife and your friend. I shared many junior high, high school and college memories with Nate’. My deepest condolences go out to you. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Nate’ was a wonderful person and she lit up the lives of those around her. Whether it was her being silly and driving through the drive thru various times just to order and leave without paying or just being around her and hanging out for a relaxing day of catch up. Nate’ will be dearly missed!


Heather, David and McKenna Wilson