Natalie Canfield Steen

February 13, 1958July 17, 2021

Natalie Canfield Steen passed away peacefully with her family at her side on July 17, 2021, in Raleigh, NC, following a short but fierce battle with cancer. Born on February 13, 1958, in Morehead City, North Carolina, to Margaret and Norman Canfield, Natalie studied at East Carolina University and then moved to Raleigh.

Natalie was a mechanical engineer until her retirement in 2018, when she returned to her beloved Carteret County and made sure her real estate clients could live in the place she loved best. Never content to remain inactive, she became a Master Gardener volunteer and worked in the Guardian Ad Litem program as well. Natalie was a wonderful cook, a welcoming hostess to all, and a steadfast friend to countless lucky folks.

Natalie was predeceased by her father, Norman Canfield, and her mother Margaret Canfield.

She is survived by her beloved husband, Walter Beckwith Steen; son, Aric Deuel (Melissa); daughters, Ashley Deuel Pate (Jason), Melissa Hayes (Chris), and Julie Gupton (Tim). Her grandchildren were the light of her life: Grace and Jack Mays, Adrienne and Mason Deuel, Lawson and Rives Hayes, and Kyler and Brady Gupton. She is also survived by brothers, Gene Canfield, Gordon Canfield, and David Canfield.

The family is planning a Celebration of Life in the near future to remember this remarkable woman.

Memorial donations may be made in Natalie’s honor to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (

Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 Saint Mary's Street Raleigh, NC 27605.


  • The family is planning a Celebration of Life in the near future to remember this remarkable woman


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Martha Przysucha

July 24, 2021

Natalie was a selfless contributor to our Community Gardens Program with the Carteret Food and Health Council. She took the initiative to reach out to the Beaufort Housing Authority which has resulted in raised garden beds and a cistern that were not there before for the residents. We will be sure to honor her contributions to the community. We are so saddened by her passing but will always remember our friend.

Lou Kost

July 23, 2021

As we remember the many good times we shared with Natalie and Walt in Brentwood, we are saddened at her sudden passing. Condolences and prayers for the family to find some solace with the loving memories of her.

Lou & Gary Kost

Charlotte Bercegeay

July 20, 2021

Dear Walt and family. I am so sorry to learn of Natalie's passing. I just read the Carteret News-Times writeup, as Mark & I often check for up-to-date news of families from the area where we grew up. In fact, we just learned that Mark went to school with one of Natalie's brothers at West Carteret. Your hearts are surely broken, and we have all of you in our thoughts and prayers.
Charlotte & Mark Bercegeay

Andrea Gillikin

July 19, 2021

Natalie was an amazing advocate for the Guardian ad Litem program. She was truly passionate about the child she represented. Even once diagnosed and beginning treatment she was still advocating. She was an amazing lady. She will truly be missed. Losing her is a huge loss for our program. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones.

Tracey Brenneman

July 19, 2021

When Natalie contacted us at the Guardian ad Litem Program, I was thrilled. She was so warm, so intelligent, and clearly wanted to do something to make a difference. The very day she was sworn in, she took a case and she was 100 percent committed. She hit the ground running and passionately advocated for her child client's best interests. Even when she had to go to the hospital, she insisted that she could still make phone calls and cover her case. What an amazing person! I am so honored to have known her, even if our time together was short. I wish her family much comfort and peace during this difficult time.