Natalie Hulme Curry
Age 88 of Longwood at Oakmont, formerly of Fox Chapel, passed away peacefully in the presence of her children early in the morning on January 16, 2021. She was the third of four children born to Milton G. and Helen C. Hulme.
Raised in Ben Avon Heights, Natalie enjoyed her childhood exploring the woods with her friends, Cousin Jack Hileman, and siblings. For high school, she enrolled at Penn Hall Academy, a girls’ boarding school in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, where she graduated before continuing her education at Bennett College in Millbrook, New York.
After graduation, Natalie returned to Pittsburgh to attend Carnegie Tech to study Costume Design. Soon after, she was introduced to David Curry, who friends had said would be perfect for her. After a missed opportunity to meet at a mutual friend’s wedding, the two finally met by chance encounter while Christmas shopping in downtown Pittsburgh. Natalie would always say that David Curry was the best thing to ever happen to the Hulme family.
Natalie and David married on June 23, 1956 at Shadyside Presbyterian Church with a reception at Fox Chapel Golf Club. Through their nearly sixty-four years together, Natalie and David traveled the world, raised three boys, a daughter, and enjoyed the added company of several dogs, cats, and family rabbits. Natalie had an extraordinary green thumb. She loved gardening both inside and outside her home and was a life-long member of the Seeders and Weeders Garden Club. The Arts were also her passion. She enjoyed painting which was an activity she shared with her daughter Jennifer. She also loved music and would often be found passing time playing songs by ear on her piano.
In the community, Natalie was an active member in the Junior League of Pittsburgh and the Twentieth Century Club in Oakland. She served as both a Deacon and Trustee at Shadyside Presbyterian Church as well as a trustee for the Pitcairn-Crabbe Foundation and Milton G. Hulme Charitable Foundation.
An avid golfer since childhood, Natalie played and competed on her home course of Fox Chapel Golf Club as well as at other area courses as part of a “fearsome foursome” that always had success in regional events. Natalie and David enjoyed memberships and lifelong friends at Fox Chapel Golf Club, Bears Paw Golf Club in Naples, Florida, Rolling Rock Club, and the Ross Mountain Club.
Natalie is preceded in death by her husband, David, brother Milton “Skip” Hulme (Cuqui), and sister Jocelyn (Dick) McConnell. She is survived by her sister Helen Holiday Shoup of Ft. Lauderdale. Natalie is also survived by her four children, daughter Jennifer of New York City, and sons William (Jill) of Indiana Township, Jeffrey (Suzanne) of Fox Chapel, and David (Nancy) of Freeport, PA, as well as, Anna Mae Proco, a trusted caregiver and family friend. Natalie was particularly proud her ten grandchildren, Colin, Abi (Nino), Lindsey, Regan, Stuart, Erin, Fallon, Maura, Campbell, and Trey. The pending arrival of a child to be born to Abi and Nino would have made Natalie a great grandmother by month’s end. A status, each grandchild would attest, she achieved long ago.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, burial will be private at Homewood Cemetery. A memorial service will be scheduled in the summer. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please make contributions to the Civic Light Opera, Pittsburgh Symphony, local humane society and/or any local food bank.
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