Natalie R. Seekins, 84, of Searsport died peacefully at a Bangor hospital on Nov. 20, 2013 with loving family by her side. She was born in Stockton Springs, Maine on June 25, 1929, to Nathaniel and Cora Kingsbury. Natalie attended grade school in Frankfort and graduated from Winterport High School in 1947. She married Payson Seekins on June 29, 1948 and moved to North Searsport where they built their home together. They celebrated their sixty-first wedding anniversary shortly before his death in October 2009.

Natalie and Payson both came from large families, she being the second born of twelve. Along with raising their own five children, Natalie loved to have nieces, nephews and neighborhood kids around and would often do up a batch of her homemade doughnuts for all to enjoy. "Ma" was loved by all.

She was a huge supporter of school activities, driving anyone who needed a ride to practices and then attending the final events. She loved playing all sorts of card & board games, especially cribbage and Uno with whomever stopped by for a visit. Natalie loved to watch hummingbirds in the summer and the Boston Celtics in the winter. Natalie's love of cooking started when she was young; being the oldest daughter she learned to cook for a crowd. She was well known for her biscuits, chop suey, seafood chowder and, on the 4th of July, her famed deviled eggs. She loved music and learned how to play the harmonica at a very young age. She loved playing for all to hear and continued playing beautiful renditions of old ballads and Christmas songs until her final days.

Natalie was predeceased by her husband of sixty-one years, Payson. She was also predeceased by her siblings Grover Kingsbury, Lane Kingsbury, Lawrence Kingsbury, Nancy Hardy, and Judy Tufts as well as son-in-law Norman Crossman and a great-granddaughter Hope Crossman. Natalie is survived by her five children: Bill Seekins and his partner Anne of South China; Corinne Blanchard and her husband Nick of Searsport; Art Seekins and his wife Anne of Portsmouth, N.H.; Darrell Seekins and his wife Louise of Searsport; and Debra Crossman of Searsport. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren: Heidi Seekins and her husband Andrew, Kiera Seekins and fiancé Tim, Sam Seekins, Andy Blanchard and his wife Kim; Andrea Merrifield and her husband Matt; Caroline Seekins; Hannah Seekins; Nathaniel Seekins and his wife Cat; Aline Seekins; Annie Seekins; Emma Menard and her husband Josh; Athena Bennett and her husband Travis; Petrina Crossman and her husband James Hayes; and Christina Dodge and her partner Matt. She is also survived by 14 great-grandchildren, her siblings Don Kingsbury, Barbara Kingsbury, Margaret Knowles, Jessie Ginn, Frannie Hall and Bob Kingsbury and a special niece Norma and a grand-nephew Josh.

There will be a graveside service to be announced at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home and Cremation Services, which can be found online at