Natalie J. Eaton, 92, Artist



SUDBURY – In loving memory of Natalie J. Eaton, 92, a lifelong Sudbury resident, who passed away at her home in September 2019. 

Natalie was born at Framingham Hospital on April 14, 1927 to her parents, the late Roland and Phyllis (Wing Burr) Eaton. 

She was pre-deceased by her only sibling, Albert Roland Eaton.

She is survived by her nephew Michael Eaton of Nevada and niece Carol Stearns (husband John Stearns) of Florida.  “Nat” will also be fondly remembered by her grandnephews and her grandniece, and many cousins.

Natalie was a talented artist who trained at the Massachusetts School of Art and worked in New York and California before returning to Sudbury.

She was trained as a portrait painter but painted many scenes of Sudbury, especially Hop Brook, which she also enjoyed canoeing. She was an avid botanist, sharing her years of knowledge while a lab technician at Sudbury’s J.P. Bartlett’s Greenhouse – her legacy remains at Bartlett’s in the form of a geranium in her name, “the Natalie.”

Her family has been in the town since before the Revolutionary War, and her ancestry includes many of the founding families of Sudbury such as Haynes, Moore, Stone, Rice, Goodnow and General John Nixon. She is a descendant of Reverend Thomas Hurlbut and lived in a home built by Civil War soldier Rufus Hurlbut.

Natalie was a proud member of the Sudbury Grange and Sudbury Historical Society. She loved animals, both domestic and wild, and provided a loving home to many cats and dogs throughout her life.

She was also a dedicated supporter of many charitable causes. She will be well remembered by those who knew and loved her.

At the family’s request there will be no services.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: editor@FraminghamSource.com Phone: 508-315-7176

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