NATALIE IRENE MINK GUSHEE APPLETON – Natalie Irene Mink Gushee, 84, passed away March 13, 2004, at the Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill in Camden. She was born, May 3, 1920, in Appleton, the first child of Ivan Alcott Mink and Irene Lyndall (Johnson) Mink. Natalie was a graduate of Appleton High School, a lifelong resident of Appleton, and an active participant in community activities. On July 9, 1938, she married J. Carleton Gushee, and with him built and operated their farm business, the New Acre Farms. Activities related to farm and community included being appointed to the board of supervisors of the Knox County Soil Conservation Service, and as a member of the Appleton board of selectmen. In the 60’s, she was in the forefront of social organization and management of snowmobile trails in her town. Her concern, interest, and study of environmental issues were always a part of her life. Wildlife, plants, and other aspects of the natural world were of paramount interest to her. She was an advocate of continual study and education. After Carleton’s death in 1974, Natalie pursued a degree in practical nursing, which led her to a career in nursing, being employed for several years at the Camden Community Hospital. Membership in the People’s United Methodist Church in Union, provided spiritual peace and supportive friendship. Other outstanding components in her life were devotion to family, pride in her ancestry, and enjoyment of the beauty around her. She is survived by her children, three daughters, including Roxanna K. Gerrish and her husband, H. Thomas, of Dover-Foxcroft, Nellie I.G. Hedstrom and her husband, Warren, of Orono, Linnette C. Gushee of Appleton; two sons, Joel C. Gushee and his wife, Julie, of Appleton, and Jason A. Gushee of Appleton; brothers, Keith Mink of Appleton, and Lyndon Mink of Florida; and sisters, Lyndall Mink of Portland, and Constance Yattaw of Friendship; nine grandchildren, including Cary Nash of Camden, Craig Nash of Swanville, Jennifer Dube of Alton, N.H., Jake (Warren) Hedstrom Jr. of Orono, Lisa Hedstrom of Orono, Bethany Casarjian of Bronx, N.Y., Amanda Casarjian of Chicago, Ill., Peter Gushee of Royal Palm Beach, Fla., and Andrew Gushee of New Market, N.H. Visiting hours will be held from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, May 16, 2004, at the Hall Funeral Home, 949 Main St., Waldoboro. The funeral will be 2 p.m. Monday, May 17, 2004, at the People’s United Methodist Church, Route 235 in Union, with the Rev. Michele Grube officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery in Appleton. A reception by the family will be held at the Church directly after the service. Her family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Peoples United Methodist Church or the Gushee Scholarship Fund, care of President Joel Gushee, 2011 Senebec Road, Appleton, ME 04862. Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Hall Funeral Home, Waldoboro.