The Gates of Heaven joyously opened for Mary Louise Curtis Thompson as she peacefully transitioned from labor to reward on Monday, April 22, 2013. Mary was born in Vinton, Va., on February 12, 1923, to Herman and Elizabeth Curtis who predeceased her. Mary's siblings, Leonidas, Harriett, Leola, and Joseph; niece, Stephanie R. Curtis; and great-niece, Elizabeth R. Milliner; also preceded her in death.
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Mary was educated in the Roanoke County Public School System and attended college, which was a great achievement for an African- American woman at the time. Mary was employed by Total Action Against Poverty for many years as Lead Teacher in the Head Start Program.
Mary was a faithful, lifetime member of the historic Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, where she served in many official capacities including Church Secretary.
Those left to cherish her memory are cousins, Deacon Donald (Rhonda) Johnson, of Roanoke, Va., James T. Johnson, of Richmond, Va., Lois Till, Helen Mills, and Loretta Cobbs, all of Christiansburg, Va., and Vickie Meeks (James) Miller and family, of Roanoke, Va.; longtime friends, Louise Whitt, of North Carolina, and Elizabeth Lewis and Silverine James, of Roanoke, Va.; special and devoted friend, James Stewart, of Christiansburg, Va.; the Mt. Moriah Church Family; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Special thanks to the physicians, nurses and staff at Salem Health & Rehabilitation Center and Candis Assisted Living for their devotion to Mary's current and previous care.
Homegoing Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2013, in the Hamlar-Curtis Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Ivory Morton officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service. Interment will be in Williams Memorial Park. Friends may call on Hamlar-Curtis Funeral Home on Friday afternoon, April 26, 2013, for viewing. Condolences may be sent to www.Hamlar-Curtis.com.
Published in Roanoke Times from Apr. 25 to Apr. 26, 2013