Natalie S. Wilson graduated in 1954 from Smith College. She was married two years later to George W. Wilson, III, with whom she has celebrated 56 wedding anniversaries. A decade later, and with three young children, Natalie applied to law school, at a time when only three percent of the class was female. She graduated in 1968 from the University of Kentucky College of Law, with high distinction and as a member of the Order of the Coif. Natalie then began her legal career, initially with Eblen, Howard & Milner, and since 1979 as a partner of Gess Mattingly & Atchison, P.S.C., where she heads the firm’s family law section. Natalie is widely recognized as one of the premier domestic relations attorneys in Kentucky. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and has served as Chairperson of the Kentucky Child Support Guidelines Review Commission, as Secretary of the Kentucky Board of Bar Examiners, on the Special Committee on the Model Rules of Ethics, and on the Bar Center Construction Committee.
A former girl scout, Natalie served as a leader for many years and continues as a member of the Board of the Wilderness Road Girl Scouts. She has served on the boards of the United Way of the Bluegrass, the Salvation Army, the Central Kentucky Blood Bank and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Airport Board. She is an active member of Southern Hills United Methodist Church.
George and Natalie have three children, Ward T. Wilson, Eleanor Wilson Derleth and Gretchen Wilson Brevnov, and eight grandchildren.