Natalie H. Timberlake, 89, of Norway, Maine (formerly of Bethel), passed away peacefully September 20, one day short of her ninetieth birthday. She was a resident at Norway Center for Health and Rehabilitation.
Nan was born in Knox, Maine to Herbert and Georgia Erskine Harding, the youngest of four daughters. She married Samuel H. Timberlake in 1947 and was the mother of two sons, Seth Asher and Samuel Ross.
Her education included diplomas from Crosby High School, Belfast, Eastern Maine General Hospital, and the University of Maine where she earned master's degrees in Language Arts and Education. She was a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
She was devoted to her family and friends but insisted on being "her own person" and was an active community member, volunteering and serving on the boards of a number of organizations including Androscoggin Home Health Services.
The common thread of the careers she pursued was a genuine desire to help and give assistance to others. She was a registered nurse, a correspondent for The Portland Press Herald and Sunday Telegram, a teacher, a school administrator, and a founding member of the family furniture making business, S. Timberlake.
She was passionate about the power of the written word, and in her professional role as an educator she found great pleasure in teaching others to read. She also enjoyed reading on the local public access television channel every week from the local newspaper and she was a creative writer who loved writing short stories, especially for children.
She was a huge fan of many sports teams, some that included her sons, and was a road warrior when it came to the Black Bears hockey team, traveling throughout New England to their games.
She loved the outdoors, camping with friends, canoeing, hiking, and fearlessly took part in Outward Bound's Summer Land Program, jumping from the cliffs of Hurricane Island at the age of sixty-two.
She was predeceased by her sisters Lida, Edith, and Avis, her husband Sam, and her son Seth. She is survived by her son Ross and his wife Carole of Bethel, Maine, step grandsons Joshua Sillsby of Portsmouth, N. H. and Rawson Sillsby of Danbury, Ct., and her granddaughter Arianne of Connecticut.
A memorial service will be held at West Parish Congregational Church, Church St., Bethel, Maine on Saturday, October 1 at 1 p.m. Visiting hours will be Friday, September 30 from 5-7 p.m. at Chandler Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, Greenleaf Chapel, 37 Vernon St., Bethel. In lieu of flowers donations in remembrance may be made to Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice, 15 Strawberry Avenue, Lewiston, Maine, 04240. Online condolences may be shared with her family at www.chandlerfunerals.com