Ann L. Curtis, 76, Wabash, formerly of North Manchester, passed away Oct. 23, at Miller’s Merry Manor East, Wabash.
Born Jan. 29, 1944, in Beloit, Wis., she was the daughter of the late Donald R. and Katherine (Hoover) Spicer.
She spent the first part of her life in Beloit, Wis., where she graduated high school in 1963. The following fall she attended Wisconsin State University in Whitewater, Wis., until 1966. In 1967 she married and moved with her family to North Manchester in 1977. It was in 1982 she decided to go back to college and finish her degree in Early Childhood Development from Manchester College. During her younger years, she and her family would take boating and camping trips, which she then did with her family. It became a passion of hers. She liked to attend boating shows because of the early influence her family had on her.
She was an Early Childhood Teacher and operated Sunshine Nursery School in the 1990s and before that at Manchester Child Care. She was also a 19-year member of Girl Scouts of America, and spent 11 years as a leader. On Sundays, she would teach Sunday School at Congregational Christian Church, North Manchester. She was a spiritually strong person that attended Wabash Friends Church before her health started to decline. She then attended chapel service at Miller’s Merry Manor, Wabash.
She enjoyed making crafts, gardening and being a member and playing for the North Manchester Civic Band for over 20 years. Her dogs also held a special place in her heart, but nothing compared to her children and grandchildren. She was gifted when it came to sewing. For a majority of her children’s younger years, she would make each of them a Halloween costume every year. She also was very proud to be a member of Daughters of the American Revolution.
The loving memory of Ann L. Curtis will be forever cherished by her sons: Jeff (Julie) Curtis and Jamie (Lori) Curtis, both of North Manchester; a daughter: Carole (Richard) Weller, Plainfield, Ill.; a sister: Donna (Jerry) Zimmerman, Albuquerque, N.M.; grandchildren: Jimmy Curtis, Zac Curtis, Cody Curtis, Katherine Weller, and Jordan Weller; and loving companion: Ed Bever, Wabash. Ann was preceded in death by Donald R. and Katherine Spicer.
Family and friends may call from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at Congregational Christian Church, 310 N. Walnut St., North Manchester. A Celebration of Life service will begin at the conclusion of calling. Pastor Sebrena Cline and Pastor J.P. Freeman will officiate.
For those who wish to honor the memory of Ann L. Curtis, memorial contributions may be made to the Wabash County Animal Shelter, 810 Manchester Ave., Wabash, Indiana 46992.