Natalie Macleod Thomas, 99, passed away at home Oct. 10, 2020. Born in Everett, Mass., on Aug. 27, 1921, to John William and Florence (Dearborn) Macleod, she was the second-eldest of five children.

At 9 years old, she moved with her family from the city to rural Lincolnville. When she was 16, her mother died, and Natalie became the woman of the house, taking care of her father and younger siblings. At 19, she and Perry Thomas, the boy next door, eloped, and she became a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who gave decades of unconditional love to her family.

A hairdresser for many years in Camden, Natalie never turned away anyone in need of a haircut. A product of the Depression era, she reused, recycled and repurposed long before it was popular. A real Martha Stewart type, Natalie was a wonderful cook, baker and seamstress, as well as an expert at needlepoint, crewelwork and embroidery. She was an advanced Wilton cake decorator who also enjoyed calligraphy and quilting.

Natalie knitted countless mittens, sweaters and hats for kids, plus hats for our troops. A prolific crocheter, she made afghans for wedding and baby gifts as well as lap throws for cancer patients. Her crocheted snowflakes adorn countless Christmas trees. Over the years, she made thousands of delicious cookies to give to everyone she knew, including the office staff at every doctor’s visit.

Natalie was predeceased by her husband of 73 years, H. Perry Thomas; brothers R. Wendell and Kenneth Macleod; and sisters Jill (Florence) Philbrook and Janet Richards. She is survived by her son, Daniel G. Thomas, of Lincolnville; as well as four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and a great-great-granddaughter: Angela and Joseph Kotlinski (Lydia, Daniel, William) of Norwell, Mass.; Craig and Jennifer Thomas (Perry — his daughter Aubrey, Spencer, Jared) of Stoneham, Mass.; Kara Thomas and Dana Racine (Sydney Donaldson, Genevieve and Isaac Racine) of Pelham, N.H.; and Eryk and Jackie Thomas of Lowell, Mass. Natalie is also survived by her brother-in-law, Alan Thomas, of Lincolnville; dear friend Jamie (Peters) Wolcott of Big Bear Lake, Calif.; and many loving nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Natalie’s memory may be made to the Sussman House in Rockport. Private service and interment.