Billie Ruth (DeLong) Curtis

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Billie Ruth (DeLong)
(Age 89)

Passed away on February 7,
2011, in Spokane, Washington. Billie was born in Spokane on September 16, 1921 to Tracy and Mary Ann Cook Eyre DeLong. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Donald Frederick Curtis, and a son, Nicolas Tracy Curtis, eight siblings, and her parents. She is survived by two sons, Michael Frederick Curtis and Christopher Daniel Curtis, both of Spokane, and a daughter, Mrs. Ken (Suzanne Carol ) Gamon, of Ellensburg, as well as four grandchildren (Margaret, Alyssa, Paul, and Katrina), nine great-grandchildren (Joshua, Arill, Benjamin, Jonah, Jacob, Beck, Anson, Rebecca, and Christiana), and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Billie attended and was valedictorian at Marshall School. She was president of her graduating class at Cheney High School. She attended college in Cheney. She married Don Curtis on April 6, 1940. Billie took care of the home front through Don's service in the Navy during World War II, as a pharmacist's mate in the San Diego and Oakland Hospitals. She continued her role of homemaker while Don worked for Fairchild Air Force Base and Global Credit Union. When asked her date of retirement, she replied, "never." Billie was a member of Fowler United Methodist Church in Spokane for the last 50 years. She was an accomplished pianist, avid reader, and enjoyed sewing and knitting. She made many hats, scarves, and sweaters for her family and for charity.
"To my wonderful family and my many friends, who have made my life so good, I want to express deep appreciation. Having lived with God all my life, I am now happy to join Him in a closer relationship. I have been looking forward to joining the many who have already departed and will see all of you sometime in the future. God's Blessing and Love, Billie DeLong Curtis"
Graveside service will be held at Marshall Cemetery, with the Reverend Margaret Fisher officiating. A memorial celebration is being planned for spring 2011. Memorial donations may be made to the Nicolas T. Curtis Memorial Scholarship Fund at EWU Foundation, Cheney. Arrangements entrusted to


Published in Spokesman-Review from Feb. 13 to Feb. 14, 2011
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