Mary Kathleen Curtis

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Mary Kathleen Curtis, 99, of Paragould, Ark., passed from the cares of this life to be with Jesus on Tuesday April 10, 2018, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro, Ark. She was born on June 3, 1918, in Rector, Ark., to the late R.W. and Mary Etta (Adams) Bookout. Mary was united in marriage on Oct. 10, 1936, to the late Auta “Ike” Curtis and to this union three children were born.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Ike Curtis; one son, Jimmie Curtis; a grandson, Kevin Curtis; daughter-in-law, Melissa Barber Curtis, and five brothers, Newt, John Thomas, Paul, Donald, R.W. and Truman Bookout.

She is survived by her loving children, Ronnie and Gloria Curtis of Marmaduke, Ark. and Steve and Brenda Curtis of Rector; grandchildren Angela and Alan Froman of Marmaduke and Jeff and Donna McMillin of Jonesboro; great-grandchildren, Charlie Froman of Marmaduke and Shayna McMillin of Jonesboro; two sisters, Evelyn Gatewood of Paragould and Lucille Williams of Utica, Mich.; along with a host of other special nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday April 12, at the Irby Funeral Home in Rector. Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday April 13, in the Irby Funeral Home Chapel in Rector with Bro. Kim Bridges officiating. Interment will be at Woodland Heights Cemetery in Rector.

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