Nancy Ann (Kurtz) Arkwright (1926 - 2012)

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Nancy Ann (Kurtz) Arkwright

Corpus Christi, TX

Nancy Ann (Kurtz) Arkwright passed away at sunrise on April 11, 2012 after a long illness. Daughter of L. Clarence and Helen M. Kurtz, she was born on December 12, 1926 in Des Moines, Iowa. Nancy grew up in Des Moines and graduated from St. Joseph Academy and spent her free time and summers working at The Kurtz Hardware Company.

Nancy attended St. Mary's College of Notre Dame and St. Mary's School of Nursing in Rochester, Minnesota.

On December 30, 1950 she married Richard T. Arkwright at St. Augustin Catholic Church in Des Moines, Iowa.

Nancy and Dick moved to Dallas, Texas in 1960 and reared their family in that area until moving to Birmingham, Michigan in 1974. Prior to and after raising six children, Nancy was employed in various operating rooms in Des Moines, Dallas and Southfield, Michigan as a Surgical Nurse.

Nancy and Dick moved to Corpus Christi, Texas after retiring in 1984. She has been active in volunteer activities since that time. She has been an active volunteer and member of the Board for Family Outreach of Corpus Christi, Inc; also Family Outreach of America, an Arbitrator of the Better Business Bureau, Mediator for The Nueces County Dispute Resolution Center, Treasurer of the Citizens Police Academy Alumni, Treasurer of her Condominium Association for twenty years and member of Sultana de Baza, along with many other volunteer projects.

Nancy was preceded in death by her husband, Richard T. and their son David Gerard.

Nancy is survived by her children; Ann E. Witucki of Houston, TX, R. Thomas (Judy) Arkwright, Jr. of Allen Park, MI, Theresa L. (Mike) Egner of Choctaw, OK, Kathryn M. (Stephen) Duerr of Corpus Christi, TX, Stephen D. (Jennifer) Arkwright of Clarkston, MI and William J. (Susie) Arkwright of Plano, TX. Mrs. Arkwright is also survived by 10 wonderful grandchildren; Mark J. Witucki, Allison V. Witucki, Richard T. Arkwright, III, Second Lieutenant Patrick M. Arkwright, Kevin M. Duerr, Matthew S. Duerr, Nicholas C. Arkwright, Michael D. Arkwright, Alexandria B. Arkwright and Abigail J. Arkwright.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Arkwright was preceded in death by her brothers Louis F. Kurtz and Robert B. Kurtz as well as her son-in-law James Witucki.

The family is forever thankful for the incredible and loving care given to both Dick & Nancy by Rafaela "Fela" DeLafuente, Rebecca "Becky" Vallejo Arriaga and Faustina "Tina" Rocha.

Rosary service will be held at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Corpus Christi, TX at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 16, 2012. Catholic Funeral Mass will be held at St. Pius X Catholic Church at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 17, 2012.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to Family Outreach of Corpus Christi, TX.

Maxwell P. Dunne Funeral Service Inc.

1222 Morgan Ave. Corpus Christi, Texas 78404

Published in Des Moines Register on Apr. 14, 2012
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