ROSIE E. CURTIS
1933 - 2014
Rosie Elizabeth (Mill) Curtis was born May 13, 1933 to Alex Mill and Katherine E. (Ruff) Mill in Laurel, Montana, the fourth of five sisters (Marian, Idabelle, Evelyn, Rosie and Carolyn), with a younger brother Jerry. Rosie's parents and siblings subsequently relocated to Ft. Collins, Colorado where Rosie attended grade and high schools. She graduated from Fort Collins High School in 1951.
In 1954 she joined sister Idabelle in San Francisco, and was promptly employed by Bank of America in the data processing center. In 1960 she met Mel Curtis, and they were married on October 6, 1961 in the Swedenborgian Church in San Francisco.
After 3 years in the US Army, Mel graduated from UC Berkeley in 1963 with a BSME. In the ensuing years, they were able to enjoy many moves about this wonderful country, from Berkeley to Rochester; San Diego; Louisville; Fresno; Panama City; Hollywood; Clovis; and Los Angeles. During this time, Rosie continued growing professionally, from data processing to executive secretary in multiple law firms and hospitals.
Mel had grown up in Emmett, graduating from Emmett High in 1951, and in 2000 Rosie and Mel moved back to Emmett, to be close to his parents. In 2010, Rosie fought and won her first battle with cancer. But in 2012, cancer recurred, with chemotherapy added to her treatments after surgery and radiation. This onslaught to her health was so severe that she never completely recovered. She took her final breath at home at 8:45 am on June 5, 2014, with her husband Mel and close and loving friends at her side.
Rosie is survived by Mel, her husband of 52 years; two older sisters, Marian of Chico, CA and Evelyn of Lincoln, CA; younger brother Jerry of Littleton, CO; Mel's cousin Ida Barrett of Bruneau, ID, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A celebration of Rosie's life will be held on June 20, at 3:00 pm, at The Potter Chapel in Emmett, followed at 4:00 pm by fellowship, reminiscing and refreshments at Cold Mountain Creek Restaurant in Emmett.
A very special thanks goes to Heart 'n Home Hospice for their caring professionalism. If you knew her, you loved her, so please join us to celebrate her life and tell tall tales. Donations to our local animal shelter, instead of flowers, would be greatly appreciated.