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with her older sister Felicia, which is the maiden name of their beloved mother. In 1979 at the age of sixteen years old,
Henry and Opal took in a foster child by the name of Brandi Brashears who at the time was only fourteen. Her parents
had been killed in an automobile accident and Brandi had drifted from foster home to foster home until she settled with
the Garrett family. Natasha immediately took a liking to Brandi, but her sister Felicia did not. In early 1981, Natasha met a
business associate of her father's by the name of John Sterling who was from Oakridge. The two shared a connection
that was not unnoticed by John's fiancé Diane. The brief love affair ended and Natasha continued on with her relationship
with Andrew Bradshaw.
sweetheart and she Natasha accepted. Because Natasha was considered to be under
the legal age, Henry and Opal gave their consent for Natasha to be married and she
took Andrew as her husband in the summer of 1981before they moved to Houston
where they both attended the University of Houston. Unbeknownst to Natasha however,
in the early winter months of 1982 her husband reconnected with a former REHS
classmate by the name of Jillian Malone. Jillian had developed a never before
mentioned crush on Andrew in high school and by the spring of their second semester
at college Andrew had begun an affair with Jillian, a habit that would continue
throughout his marriage to Natasha.
As Andrew and Natasha's third semester came to a close in December 1982 their life
forever changed when Natasha revealed she was pregnant. For Andrew things got
even more difficult, as Jillian too announced her pregnancy with Andrew's baby.
September. Andrew continued to have a relationship with both Jillian and Natasha, which proved difficult after Jililan
dropped out of school and moved off campus in the spring of 1983. On Tuesday, August 2nd Natasha went into labor
and Andrew paid a visit to Jillian. He told her that he was in love with his wife and had no intentions of leaving Natasha for
her. When Jillian questioned their baby he accused her of sleeping around campus. He denied that Jillian's unborn baby
was his child and ended their relationship. Devastated over the breakup Jillian went into premature labor and was
rushed to the same hospital as Natasha. Andrew became a father on August 3rd when his twins: Jered Andrew and Jodi
Lynne were born. In another room right down the hall Jillian also gave birth to a daughter who she named Amanda
Jillian soon learned that Natasha had given birth in the same hospital as her and still upset over the breakup hatched a
plan to kidnap Andrew and Natasha's daughter. On August 5th before her discharge from the hospital Jillian put her plan
into action and kidnapped Andrew's daughter with Natasha. Jillian also left the hospital with her own daughter. The
kidnapping of Baby Bradshaw devastated the family and became statewide news as the manhunt for the infant began.
The infant was missing for three days until she was found at a church in River's Edge - unharmed. Jillian's grief over
having lost Andrew and confused about her own actions prompted her to make a mistake that would change everyone's
lives forever because Jillian placed the wrong baby in the church that fateful day. As a result of this mistake Natasha
raised Amy (Jillian's daughter) as Jodi and Jillian raised Jodi (Natasha's daughter) as Amy. Andrew never put the
connection together to realize it was Jillian who had kidnapped his daughter because he never heard from her again until
taken with April's birth. Andrew and Natasha have often said that the happiest time of his marriage was the two years
between the time the twins were born and April. Four months after April was born, Natasha graduated with a degree in
business from the University of Houston.
By the late 1980s Andrew had completed his law degree and prepared for his bar exam. As the couple prepared for the
next step in his career. The family also prepared for a return to River's Edge after an eight year absence.
started working at her father's firm and would eventually become co-owners of it with Brandi.
Valerie. On August 09, 2001 Natasha and her daughter Jodi caught him and Valerie in bed. The couple who had just
celebrated their twentieth wedding anniversary weeks earlier filed for divorce. Andrew's affair with Valerie coupled with
the sudden death of his father alienated him from his children. He made one last ditch effort at his father's funeral service
to reconcile with Natasha. She revealed to her husband that their marriage was over and there was nothing that he could
say to change her mind.
Around the same time the Bradshaw patriarch and a surrogate father to Natasha, Phillip Bradshaw died from untreated
Stage Four cancer. His death left not only a hole in the hearts of the entire Bradshaw family and Natasha it also left a
giant hole in the heart of the city.
Phillip Bradshaw's death left the city of River's Edge without a mayor and the city council declared that a special election
would resolve the matter. Having been considered a shoe-in for the position Andrew was thrown for a loop when
Natasha declared her intent to run for the office held by her former father-in-law. Andrew accused Natasha of using the
campaign as a form of payback for his affair with Valerie. Natasha contended that was not the case and claimed she was
just as qualified as Andrew was to run the city. During the campaign Andrew took the opportunity to infiltrate Natasha's
campaign efforts and asked her secretary Sharon Logan on a date. The two quickly become involved with one another
and Andrew much to his surprise found himself falling in love with Sharon and she with him. On the eve of the election
Andrew asked Sharon to marry him and she joyfully accepted. With his soon to be wife by his side on the night of the
election, Andrew saw along with everyone else in River's Edge his ex-wife Natasha win the election. Andrew hit rock
bottom as his children still continued to side with his mother and the loss of the election. Without warning or notice he
fled River's Edge the morning after the election.
November 2001. While serving the city as their mayor, Natasha began a
relationship with Dr. Bradley Marshall. However, she ended their involvement after
she suspected that he was cheating on her with Brittany O'Keefe Richmond, who
was later to be revealed than nothing more than a friend. In 2004, with one year left
on her term as Mayor, Natasha announced that for personal reasons she would be
resigning from office. A move that shocked the entire city. It was the same year that
she began a friendship with Andrew's second ex-wife, Sabrina Davis Bradshaw
and the year that her world once again changed.
Jaxson Hayes. Originally placed on life support, Natasha partnered with Andrew to take their newly discovered daughter-
in-law Kendra Logan to court to be declared Jered's legal guardians. As the case was about to go before a judge
however, Jered suffered a stroke and died.
Natasha grieved Jered's death with her daughters, sister and Brandi by her side. She later learned that her best friend,
Brandi Brashears Pierce was responsible for the accident and said nothing until months later. In 2005, Natasha testified
in court of how Brandi stood by her side and watched her grieve the loss of her son and said nothing about the role she
had played in his death. Brandi was found guilty of Vehicular Manslaughter. During the same time, April went missing. By
Christmas though she had been discovered in Oakridge by none other than John Sterling himself. John called Natasha
and she arrived at his home on New Year's Day 2006.
She declared that she came unannounced with the purpose of taking her daughter home. John clued Natasha in on the
fact that April referred to herself now as Amber and when she saw her mother, Amber demanded answers. Furious
Amber informed Natasha that she grown tired of being a doormat in River's Edge. Natasha reminded April/Amber that
her family loved her very much. Amber noted that their love was painfully clear they had waited months to find her now.
Hurt and confused Natasha questioned how this person could her daughter. Amber delivered a stern warning - that she
was not going back to River's Edge.
lessened by April's attempt to become the dominate personality. Amber told John that she felt like everyone was
controlling her every move and that she didn't want to be in River's Edge because everyone knew who she was and what
she had done. Amber told John that she left her home so she could be free. She says that she has been defined her
entire life by people around her. Natasha entered the kitchen and Amber told her again she would not be returning to
River's Edge with her. An argument between mother and daughter ensued and when Josh arrived to return a necklace
left at his apartment Natasha jumped to her own conclusion. She immediately assumed that it was because of him that
Amber did not want to leave Oakridge. An intense shouting matching between Josh and Natasha began. When John
returned he demanded that for the sake of Emily that everyone stop. As thing grew more heated Amber collapsed and
could feel a pain shooting through her entire body. She was rushed to the hospital were doctors confirmed that Amber
had suffered a panic attack, but advised that it was brought on by something much more intense than the stress of the
arguments. After the doctor consult anted with a colleague he rendered his diagnosis - that April was suffering from
Disassociated Identity Disorder. The doctor offered to bring in a consultant to do further evaluations on Amber and
assured Josh, Natasha and John that while physically April/Amber were fine, she was indeed mentally unstable.
April did suffer from DID. As a plan of treatment he informed Natasha that they must work to uncover the root cause of
why she created alters. He explained that he needed to identify the group classification April fell into and then work to
integrate Amber with April and any other alters that she may have created. Natasha informed April/Amber of what had
transpired and then informed her she would return to River's Edge. After more resisted attempts to not return home,
Amber finally agreed.
he proposed marriage. After a two year engagement, Nicholas and Natasha were set to be married in New York City in
February 2012. At the same time of the wedding ceremony, Justin Pierce was pressuring his father Nicholas to testify for
Brandi during an upcoming parole hearing. With the thought of his ex-wife on his mind, Nicholas said Brandi's name,
instead of Natasha's during their wedding vows. Humiliated she left Nicholas at the altar and fled New York City to the
Bradshaw family cabin in Canton, Texas.
It was during her time in Canton that she met high school football coach Preston Crawford. After first putting off his
advances, Natasha finally gave in. During the summer of 2012 she learned that her marriage license to Nicholas had
been filed, despite the wedding being stopped and that she was in fact Mrs. Nicholas Pierce. When Natasha learned that
Brandi had been paroled from prison she had a breakdown that Preston was able to talk her through. The couple ended
up sleeping together and establishing a summer fling. Natasha returned to River's Edge in October 2012 for the
wedding of her best friend Sabrina to her ex-husband Andrew.
|Former Mayor of River's Edge
2001 - 2004
|Natasha Lord Garrett
Wedding Day 1981