KINSTON - Mina Ann West Curtis, 103, passed away peacefully at home on May 22, 2012. Mina was born in the Sand Hill community of Lenoir County to Edward Ross and Julia Emma West. She attended Sand Hill School and graduated from Contentnea School, where for many years she had the distinction of being the oldest living graduate. Mina was an active member of Bethany United Methodist Church in her early years and a faithful member of Queen Street U.M.C. for over 75 years. At Queen Street she was a charter member of the Ruth Stanford Fidelis Sunday school class, a member of the Woodard Speed Sunday school class, a member of the United Methodist Women, and taught Sunday school in the children's department for 29 years. She served as a Brownie Girl Scout leader in the 1950's and 60's and did volunteer work in many areas of the community. Mina was a charter member of the Lenoir County Chapter of AARP, where she was a longtime member of the board. She radiated the love of Christ in her life through her service to others. She truly put God first; others second, and herself last. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, William E. "Buck" Curtis; five brothers; three sisters; and a son-in-law, Robert L. Laws Jr. She is survived by her devoted family, daughter Ann West Curtis Laws, grandson Jeff Laws and wife Dana, great-granddaughters Alexis and Anna Kate Laws, all of Kinston, granddaughter Amanda Laws Price and husband Tommy, great-grandsons, Zachary and Evan Price, all of Winterville and many much-loved nieces, nephews, and dear friends. Funeral services will be on Friday, May 25, at 1 p.m. at Queen Street U.M.C. with burial to follow at Westview Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 24 at Edwards Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Queen Street United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 508, Kinston, N.C. 28502 or Bethany United Methodist Church, c/o Alice Daugherty, 1610 Hwy. 55 E, Kinston, N.C. 28501. Edwards Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. Sign the guest book at kinston.com.
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Published in Free Press from May 24 to May 27, 2012