Carol Jean Curtis (1928 - 2018)

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Long time Douglas County
resident, loving mother,
and cherished grandmother
Carol Jean (Vance) Curtis,
of Sedalia, CO, passed away
peacefully in her home as the
sun rose the morning of June
7th, 2018. Carol was widowed
in February and she survived
without her husband for 100
days before God decided to
reunite them.
Carol was born April 18, 1928 in Coldwater,
Kansas, to Nona and Coy Vance.
She was the fourth of eight children. Carol
grew up valuing hard work and the craziness
of large families. She was a talented
musician and excelled at playing trumpet.
She enjoyed touring with her school
marching bands throughout the states
of Kansas and Colorado. Carol called
herself a "recovering Kansan" because she
transplanted to Douglas County when she
was 16 years old. She felt blessed to live in
"God's Country" and immediately adopted
Colorado as her home. She met the love of
her life, Dave Curtis, upon entering Douglas
County High School the first day of her
junior year. They were married three years
later on April 4, 1948 and started their life
on Oaklands Ranch, the Curtis family
homestead in Sedalia.
Even though Carol adored being a farmer's
wife, she also had several jobs outside
of the home. Her favorite occupation was
working for Douglas County High School
as the secretary to the principal. She also
worked in an administrative position in
the Operations & Maintenance division.
Carol was employed with Douglas County
School District for over twenty years. Carol
and Dave were active in Young Farmers
& Homemakers and were fond of square
dancing. Carol always had a smile and
a sassy or silly remark for everyone. Her
sense of humor was subtle and sometimes
cynical, but the twinkle in her eye always
gave her away. She was strikingly beautiful
up until the day she left this world.
Carol enjoyed gardening, sewing, refinishing/
repairing wood furniture, baking,
music, and politics. She was
radically conservative with
her Republican views and she
listened to Rush Limbaugh
almost religiously. Carol
loved traveling. Her favorite
place to visit was Hawaii.
Carol and Dave vacationed
in Hawaii numerous times
including celebrating their
25th wedding anniversary in
1973. They were fortunate to have visited
every island over the years.
Carol always found joy and happiness
in her three children, their spouses, and
in large family gatherings. She was proud
each time she became a grandmother and
even more excited when she first became a
great-grandmother in 2000. She encouraged
her children and grandchildren
to play instruments, sing, pursue art,
mechanics, law enforcement, or anything
their hearts desired. Carol always supported
each of their dreams with unwavering
faith. She was blessed to attend her
oldest great-granddaughter's high school
graduation this May and also was honored
as an alumni guest (class of 1946). Her
grandchildren and great-grandchildren
were truly the highlight of her life.
She is survived by her sister Barbara Hall
of Hutchinson, KS; brother Jim Vance of
Claflin, KS; numerous nieces and nephews;
her children- David (Arlene) Curtis
of Sedalia, CO, Pamela (Jim) Hughes of
Custer, SD, and Joni (Rich) Fell of Sedalia,
CO; her grandchildren- Traci (Lucas)
Hawkins of Castle Rock, CO, Charlie
(Stephanie) Curtis of Sedalia, CO, Douglas
(Kirsten) Fell of Chugiak, AK, Chad Curtis
of Sedalia, CO, and Tyler Hughes of Box
Elder, SD; her great- grandchildren Skylar,
Landen, Rori, Cayden, Axel, and Leah;
and amazing caregivers Stella, Carmen,
Jasmyn, and Michelle.
In lieu of flowers, please send any memorial
contributions in her name to New
Hope Presbyterian Church, 3737 New
Hope Way, Castle Rock, CO 80109 or to
Bear Cañon Cemetery, PO Box 83, Sedalia,
CO 80135.
Funeral Home
Castle Rock Funeral and Cremation Services
211 4th Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104
(720) 379-4604
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Published in Colorado Community Newspapers from June 13 to July 12, 2018