Olalla native killed trying to save dog

The Lacey resident who died after a fall from a cliff while trying to rescue her dog last week was a former Olalla resident who graduated from South Kitsap High School in 1993.

Natalie Ann Chambers, 30, who also attended Olalla Elementary and John Sedgwick Junior High schools, died on Feb. 11 after falling 350 feet off a cliff while hiking with her dog, Phoebe, above Mud Mountain Dam near Enumclaw.

According to news reports, Chambers was trying to locate the dog, who slipped down the cliff and into the river below, when she slipped herself and was killed.

According to the Tacoma News Tribune, the dog was later pulled out of the water. Not seriously injured, it was returned to ChambersÂ’ husband.

According to an obituary posted on, Chambers is survived by her husband of only 11 months, Erik Chambers; her parents, Karen and Bruce Smith of Olalla, and her brother, Brian Smith of Lacey.

Before completing beautician school in Bremerton, Chambers was a member of the local 4H club, The Hobby Horses, and competed in local horse shows and at the Kitsap County Fair.

At the time of her death, she was working as a veterinary technician at the Animal Emergency Clinic in Tacoma.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Animal Emergency Clinic of Tacoma. Contact Shep Thorpe for details at (253) 474- 0791.

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