Elizabeth (Littlejohns, Thompson) Curry (01/23/1922 - 01/11/2018)

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Born Elizabeth Rains Littlejohns in Chatham NB, Beth Curry died peacefully in Truro NS exactly when she said she would: after Christmas but before her 96th birthday. Beth was the daughter of Rev. Frank and Helen (Forsyth) Littlejohns of Charlottetown, PEI. She was predeceased by brother, Rev. Donald Littlejohns, sister, Nancy Creelman, first husband Rev. Harold Thompson and second husband Harold Curry. Beth is survived by loving children Hugh Thompson (Anne Holland) , Nancy Thompson (Drake Barem), and Carolyn Littlejohns (Denis Lafontaine), and beloved granddaughters Naomi, Nina, and Delphine. Beth was affectionately “adopted” by three stepsons Mike (Janice Vassallo), Tim (Colleen), and Jon (Janet) Curry and their families (six grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren). Starting life as a minister’s daughter, sister, and wife, Beth remained steadfast in following her convictions, which were compassionate, inclusive, and open-minded. With fond memories of a lively intellectual home in Saint John NB, Pownal PEI, and Petite Riviere NS, Beth attended one-room schoolhouses but graduated from Dalhousie University with a BA and BEd in 1943, entirely on scholarships, due to her fierce intelligence and strong work ethic. At Dal she met Hal Thompson, and after their marriage began teaching at the Halifax Ladies College and taught British evacuees during the war at Edgehill School for Girls in Windsor, NS. Upon Hal’s ordination in the United Church, Beth served with him in parishes of Bass River NS, East Saint John NB, Halifax and Windsor NS, Lachute and Outremont QC. After Hal’s death, Beth returned to work as a school secretary and was a volunteer in adult literacy in Montreal. Beth was a loyal friend and faithful correspondent, remaining in contact with friends and family via email, letters, and birthday cards. She did not encounter computers until her mid-seventies, but saw their potential, so quickly mastered the basics and kept up daily correspondence by email and shared photos until the past year. She maintained decades-long friendships and made friends of all ages easily, welcoming a steady stream of visitors to her home. One longstanding friendship blossomed into a loving second marriage with Harold Curry in 1991 until his death in 2012. A skilled conversationalist with a strong memory for names, poetry, and trivia, Beth kept up with global current events and her extended family's lives. She treasured her granddaughters and enjoyed listening to stories and opinions from the younger set, who in turn appreciated her wise counsel and sometimes mischievous humour. Beth grew up in a musical home and was an accomplished singer and pianist/accompanist, from popular tunes of the day to opera and church hymns. She delighted in daughter Carolyn’s marrying into the Montreal musical Lafontaine family, as they were already some of her favourite performers and singers. Prior to her death, Beth selected all the music to be played at her funeral Jan 17 at 2 pm in Truro NS, and recordings of the Lafontaines with solos by son-in-law Denis and his sister Lorraine Johns will feature prominently. Beth had a remarkable life, born just six years after women were granted the vote and did not fill her career potential, instead choosing to serve her family and community with dedication and joy. For condolences and funeral details see colchestercommunity.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Literacy Nova Scotia, PO Box 1516, Truro NS B2N 3V2.

“Everything is perfect; everything is just the way it should be."—Beth’s last words
Published in Montreal Gazette from Jan. 13 to Jan. 15, 2018
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