Mary F. Curtis
Mary F. Curtis
Mary F. Curtis, 85, passed away at Bloom of Life Foster home in Central Point, Ore., on December 8, 2006. Her daughter and friends were with her as she finished this chapter of her journey. She will be buried next to her brother, Don Elliot, and her parents, Don and Bess Elliot, at Memory Gardens. A memorial service will be held in honor of her life at a later date, probably when the snow melts off her beloved Huckleberry Mountain.
Mary was born November 3, 1921, at Enterprise, Ore., where her father was yard foreman at the Eastern Oregon Lumber Mill. They moved to Central Point when she was five years old. Moving later to different homes in the Medford area of the Rogue Valley.
Her parents were avid outdoors people and she grew up camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, and picking huckleberries. Fishing at a mountain stream or lake was her favorite thing to do after her love of playing her organ, piano, or accordion. She also loved riding horses and rode until well in her later years.
For several years, Mary and her brother, Don, played for Grange and various other dances. She often spoke of the wonderful times they had each year playing for the dances at Huckleberry Mountain by the light of a bonfire---dust rising from hundreds of dancing feet.
Near the start of WWII, Mary married Richard N. Davis. They bought an 80 acre ranch from Mr. Davis' grandmother after the war. Mary did most of the farming and ranch work while her husband worked for the power company. She also enjoyed belonging to Home Extension and a Garden Club besides Grange.
Richard Davis passed away in 1975. The family farm was sold and Mary moved to Prospect, Ore. She married Ernie Curtis and they started a quilting business. After Ernie's death, Mary sold her Prospect home and moved to Enterprise to live with her daughter, Marilynn Davis, for almost two years. She moved back to the Rogue Valley in 1999 as she missed her many friends in the Southern Oregon region.
Where ever she lived, Mary's kindness, generosity, and love of life attracted people who became her friends. If there was a need she was right there to offer assistance. She will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to know her.
Survivors include friend and companion, John Green; daughters, Diane and son-in-law, Lee Cook and Marilynn Davis; son, Scott Davis; grandchildren, Lisa and Marc; and four great grandchildren. Also nephews, Bob Elliot and Doug Elliot; niece, Donna Anderson; and sister-in-law, Eleanor Elliot; plus great nieces and nephews.