Nathalie Nicholas

Nathalie "Nat" Nicholas

April 3, 1922 - April 12, 2020
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OWLS HEAD - Nathalie E. Nicholas, 98, died Sunday, April 12, 2020 at the Sussman Hospice House in Rockport, after a short illness.

Born in Rockland on April 3, 1922, she was the daughter of Edwin and Corinne (Howard) Edwards. Nathalie graduated from Rockland High School in 1940, and later studied Business and Bookkeeping at Rockland Commercial College.

In 1942 she married her high school sweetheart Guy Nicholas. The two lived in Cape Elizabeth, Maine and Long Beach, California during World War II, before returning to Rockland in 1946. She worked as a bookkeeper for Guy's photography business (The Nicholas Studio) before their daughter Gail was born in 1949. After Guy's retirement in 1977, the couple built a home on Canns Beach Road in Owls Head, where she lived until her death.

Nat was always active and sociable, she was patient and kind, never failing to check on her friends and family. She enjoyed gardening, antiquing, cooking, and travel. She was an active member of the Owls Head Garden Club, and enjoyed her Tuesday afternoon meetings with the ladies of her Bible study group.
Nat and her husband traveled extensively during their 66 year marriage, including trips to Australia, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Spain, Alaska, Canada, Bermuda, Panama, and Mexico. They enjoyed numerous cruises, and trips to Disney World, Disney Land, and Las Vegas.

She was generous and doting to her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and hosted both of her granddaughters' weddings on her beautiful property overlooking the ocean in Owls Head. Over the course of her life she enjoyed numerous lifelong friendships, and the scope of her memory was remarkable. She was fiercely independent and self-reliant until a few months before her death.

Nathalie was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Edwin and Howard; her sister Corinne; and her husband Guy. She is survived by her daughter Gail Burgess and her husband Arthur of Auburn; her granddaughter Allison Fiala and her husband Christopher of Framingham, Massachusetts; her grandson Nicholas Burgess and his wife Sarah MacDonald of Roslindale, Massachusetts; her granddaughter Amanda Burgess and her husband Christopher Higgins of Portland; her great-grandchildren, Nathaniel and Avery Fiala of Framingham, Massachusetts; and her beloved cat Maddie.

We would like to thank her caregiver, Karen Sawyer from PALS for Living for all of her kindness and patience; and her neighbors, Brenda and Bobby Garrison, Nancy Crockett, Fred Ramsey, and Janet Kaler for all of the help and moral support provided over the years.

A graveside service will be held at a later date when COVID-19 pandemic restrictions have been lifted. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to, Greater Androscoggin Humane Society, 55 Strawberry Avenue, Lewiston, Maine 04240.

Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland.
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    Achorn Cemetery
    Old County Road
    Rockland, ME 04841
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Elizabeth S Hunt

Posted at 09:43am
On behalf of the Owls Head Garden Club, I send our condolences to all of Nat's family. Nat was an active member of our club for many years. I remember her fondly and enjoyed working with her when we planted and maintained the gardens at the Owls Head Transportation Museum and worked together at our plant and bake sales and summer pie sales. She was a talented lady and we will all miss her.
Elizabeth Hunt, Secretary
Owls Head Garden Club

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