Mary Ella Curtis

Monday, November 7, 2016

Mary Ella Curtis, 78, left this world to be with Jesus on Sunday, November 6, 2016, at St. Bernard's Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro, Ark.

Mary was born on January 21, 1938, in the White Oak Community of Rector, Ark., to T. F. and Lela Guthrie. The youngest of 17 children, she is survived by her sisters, Erma Shelton of Paragould and Betty Cordell and husband Louie of Rector and one brother, Eugene Guthrie and wife Wanda of Kennett, Mo.

She was married for 49 years to Dean Curtis, who preceded her in death in 2005. Mary and Dean raised their three children, Kathy, Keith and Keli in Rector. A woman of faith and the heart of the Curtis family, Mary shaped their spirituality by her tireless Christian example. She loved to visit with friends and family and participate in various church activities.

Mary Ella Curtis

She is survived by her children, Kathy Rogers and her husband Ken of Russellville, Ark., Keith Curtis and his wife Diana of Collierville, Tenn. and Keli Curtis of Russellville, Ark. She is survived by one granddaughter, who was the light of her life, Taylor Curtis of Collierville, Tenn.

She is also survived by many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews too numerous to list but whom she loved dearly.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at the Rector First General Baptist Church, on Highway 49. Funeral services, officiated by Bro. Marston Carpenter and assisted by Bro. Louie Cordell, will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the church.

For more information, please call Irby Funeral Home in Rector at (870) 595-3536. Memorial donations can be made to the First General Baptist Church, Hwy 49, Rector, Ark., 72461.

The family is deeply grateful for the outpouring of love, prayers and support in many heart-felt forms from too many people to name individually. She was, and will always be, our loving angel that lived, laughed and loved with all her heart.

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