Natalie E. (Whiting)'s Story
Natalie Edith (Whiting) Christie, born December 2, 1924, in Merrimac, Mass., daughter of H. Pearle (Wood) Whiting-Reynolds and W. Harold Whiting, passed away on May 24, 2017 at the Hannah Duston Health Care Facility, following a brief period of declining health.
Nat was educated in the Merrimac Schools, was a graduate of Merrimac High School, and earned her Associate’s Degree from Northern Essex Community College.
She was employed in high school at The Merrimac Public Library. Before starting her family, she was the head bookkeeper at the City Five Cents Savings and the Pentucket Savings Banks in Haverhill. When her children were older, she became a substitute teacher for the Pentucket Regional School District, working in the Merrimac, West Newbury, and Groveland Elementary Schools. She was later employed as the school secretary at both the Donaghue and Sweetsir Schools in Merrimac, retiring after 21 years.
Nat was very civic-minded and loved her Town of Merrimac. She served on the Board of Registrars, was on the Board of Directors at the Merrimac Council of Aging, and was member of the Friends of the Council on Aging. She was the longest-serving volunteer at the senior center, helping initiate programs such as TRIAD.
Nat was a devoted member of the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Merrimac for over 76 years, serving in various volunteer capacities such as, Deacon, Assistant Superintendent of Sunday School, choir member, and as a volunteer for most committees within the church.
Nat’s love of singing took her on many adventures. She was a 15-year member of the Pentucket Choral Society, serving on its Board of Directors as well; she sang with the Greater Haverhill Sweet Adelines’ Chorus for 15 years and also served on its Board of Directors as a co-chair; she was a vocalist in the “Encore of Newton/Kingston, NH”, was a member of the Merri Players, and participated in the Merrimac Santa Parade Musical variety shows for more than 30 years.
Along with her husband, Jim, Nat was an avid Red Sox fan and volunteer with The Jimmy Fund. She and Jim, who was a Director of the BOSOX Club, traveled to Spring training in Winter Haven, and Fort Myers, Fla. for years and were involved in many Jimmy Fund fundraising activities such as golf tournaments, social committees, and other events.
Nat remained active in her later years. She was swimming in her beloved Lake Attitash into her late 80’s, was a cross country skier and ice skater, and continued her passion for walking until her passing.
Nat was predeceased by her husband of 47 years, James H. Christie, in 1997. She leaves behind sons Bruce R. Christie of Haverhill and Dennis J. Christie of Brentwood, CA., and son-in-law, Timothy D. Donovan of Haverhill. She is also survived by her two grandchildren, Katherine Pearle Christie of Boston, and Kimberly Dawn Christie, of Brentwood, Calif.; and her sister-in-law, Dorothy Whiting of Merrimac. She leaves behind the daughter she never had, Candy Benjamin of Merrimac, and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends, including Barbara Arbour and Thelma Gibbs, both of Merrimac. She was predeceased by her sister and best friend, Mary Jarvis and her husband Allan; brothers, Stanley Whiting and William Whiting, Jr. and his wife, Margaret.
The family would like to thank the Elizabeth Calsey House and its staff for making Nat feel safe and comfortable in her final years.
Visiting hours at the Highland Street Chapel of Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Avenue, Amesbury were Tuesday, May 30, 2017 from 4 to 8 p.m. Memorial services were Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Pilgrim Congregational Church, Merrimac. Private burial will be at a later date. Contributions in Nat’s memory may be made to the Pilgrim Congregational Church, 27 Church St., Merrimac, MA 01860; or to the Jimmy Fund, c/o Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or at www.jimmyfund.org/gift.
Published on  May 26, 2017