Barbara Curtis

Barbara Curtis

Tuesday, November 10th, 1931 Saturday, November 16th, 2019

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Obituary for Barbara Lucille Curtis

Barbara Lucille Curtis passed away peacefully in her home on Saturday, November 16, 2019 shortly after her 88th birthday. She was born November 10, 1931 in Billings, Montana to Dorothy and John Carl Wheeler. She was their only child. She went to Billings High School and graduated in 1948. Barbara then attended Eastern Montana College in Billings while still living at home. She graduated college in 3 years with her teaching degree in 1951.
Barbara met Graham Curtis in Billings and their first date was spent on the ski slopes. He left her at the chair lift and she didn’t think she wanted to spend any more time with him. But the following night he took her to the fanciest restaurant in Billings and she decided she liked him after all! She and Graham were married on August 13, 1952 in Billings, Montana. As Graham's job in geology took them around the country, they made their home in numerous locations including: Billings, MT, Elko, NV, Tulsa, OK, Wichita, KS, Ely, NV, Salt Lake City, UT, Bayou Vista and New Orleans, LA, Lander, WY and finally settling in Lakewood, CO in 1967.
When the Curtis family settled in their house in Lakewood, Barbara started to teach full time at Prospect Valley Elementary School in 1969. She taught 3rd/4th grade combination classes with different team teachers and her passion for teaching meant helping each child feel like a valued member of her classroom. She even brushed up on her Spanish to help a few of her students learn English. Barbara retired after 12 years in 1982. During that time, she touched many people’s lives through her kind and patient example. Barbara devoted her life to learning, and loved to teach her children and later, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren the joy of reading and learning. During these years, she served as President of the JCIRA, (Jefferson County International Reading Assoc.)
Graham was the gem of her life. She loved and supported him throughout their lives together. Graham and Barbara enjoyed almost 60 full years together, rarely leaving each other's side. They loved to travel together and visited the countries of China, Japan, Turkey, Greece, Poland, Italy and Britain. During the month-long trip to England and Scotland, Graham thought he would kill them both, trying to navigate the back roads and hedgerows on the wrong side of the road! Barbara had an unflappable nature and would calmly tell him that everything would be just fine.
She loved her family and making fun memories with her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed hosting parties for Christmas, New Year’s, elections, and Broncos games. In her free time, she enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, and playing canasta. She liked to sit out on her patio with her #2 Ticonderoga pencil and newspaper doing her puzzles. Graham and Barbara hosted many a Brunch on that very patio! Always a teacher, she loved exposing her grandchildren to new experiences like the Denver Art Museum, plays, Museum of Natural History, various lectures, and having educational and inspiring conversations. She taught many of her grandchildren to read books long before they started Kindergarten.
Barbara is survived by her 3 children, Kay (Randy) Curtis Hunsaker, Mark (Rhonda) Curtis, Carl (Paula) Curtis, her 13 grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, and husband, Graham.

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    Friday, December 6th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Church of Latter Days Saintt
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    Golden, Colorado
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    Friday, December 6th, 2019

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