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

Born in Rockland 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 and Long Beach, Calif., 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, patient and kind, and never failed 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, 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, Mass.; her grandson Nicholas Burgess and his wife, Sarah MacDonald, of Roslindale, Mass.; her granddaughter Amanda Burgess and her husband, Christopher Higgins, of Portland; her great-grandchildren, Nathaniel and Avery Fiala of Framingham, Mass. 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 the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions have been lifted. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to, Greater Androscoggin Humane Society, 55 Strawberry Ave., Lewiston, ME 04240.

To share a memory or condolence with Nat’s family, visit their Book of Memories at bchfh.com.