Esther Clark Curnutt was born in Texon, TX on June 16, 1935 and passed away on July 19, 2014 at the age of 79.
Esther was raised in Rankin TX. After graduation from high school in 1953, she went to San Angelo College for one and a half years, then to the University Of Texas in Austin, where she received a bachelor of journalism.
Her first job was Society Editor of the Pecos Enterprise. After almost two years there, she obtained a graduate fellowship to teach at Sul Ross University in Alpine where she received a masters in English. There she met and married classmate John Fletcher. They came to San Antonio to teach at Fox Tech High School. She taught Journalism and English while John taught history. John died suddenly when they were 27 years old, but Esther remained at Fox Tech. A widow for more than 3 years, she later met and married Harry Curnutt in 1966. After teaching for a year at Roosevelt HS she left to teach at San Antonio College where she became chairman of the journalism department. She resigned in 1972 to stay at home with their young son.
Esther began a public relations firm with partner Melanie Hovis in 1984 which they ran jointly until 2003.
Esther was a member of the Rotary Club of San Antonio, the SER Jobs for Progress, the League of Women Voters, Alamo Heights United Methodist Church, SA 100, Texas Retired Deferred Dividend Association (TREDDA), the Bexar County Women's Caucus, Oak Park-Northwood Neighborhood Association Board, the NE Democrats, and the Bexar County Democratic Women. She was a past president of Women in Communications and Friendship Force of San Antonio and served on the board of Goodwill Industries and the Salvation Army.
In her spare time, she served as a volunteer for the National Association of Investment Clubs. She was named to the South Texas board several years ago and has served as education chair, and in other capacities as needed.
She has been a political activist and keenly interested in Women's and Children's issues.
She is survived by her mother, Ann Martin Clark, her son Clark Curnutt and his wife Shelly, grandchildren Chelsie and Jakob and step daughter Barbara Curnutt.
Esther donated her body to the University of Texas Health Science Center. Her remaining ashes will be scattered at the Rankin Cemetery.
A memorial service will be held at Alamo Heights United Methodist Church on Thursday July 24th, 2014 at 1:30 pm in the garden chapel. A reception will follow at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made to the League of Women Voters, 1809 Blanco Rd, San Antonio, TX 78212 210-657-2206
Published in Express-News on July 22, 2014