Spencer resident and Van Buren County native Menda Louise Curtis, 93, was born Dec. 2, 1921 and died Dec. 28 following an extended illness.
A homemaker and member of the Church of Christ, she was the daughter of the late James Issac and Sallie Mae Walling Howard. She was married to Elijah Lewis Curtis who preceded her in death. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by siblings, Dick Howard, Eli Howard, Charles Howard, Walter Howard, Bessie Clark, Lennie Mae Hodge and Martha Nordstrom.
Mrs. Curtis is survived by six children, Ida Jean Myers and Edith Lotel (Cordell) Dykes, both of McMinnville, Carl Lewis Curtis of Doyle and Virginia Mae Baker, Elijah Lewis Curtis II and Michael Anthony (Penny) Curtis, all of Spencer; 15 grandchildren, Carolyn Dunn, Darlene Slatton, Emma Baker, Jerry Floyd Jr., Timothy (Stacey) Floyd, Sherry Whittmore, Carl (Kim) Curtis II, Tracy (Silissa) Curtis, Tina (Rodney) Bouldin, Emily (Shane) Walling, Morgan (Cody) Mills, Lisa (Mike) Goolsby, Rodney (Michelle) Myers, Marvin Myers Jr., and Trudy Smith; 23 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren; sister Gladys Shockley of Spencer, and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Funeral service was held Tuesday, Dec. 30 in High’s Chapel with Tracy Curtis officiating. Burial followed at Shockley Cemetery in Van Buren County. High Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) Dec. 31, 2014