Constance L. Curtis
Rockland — Constance L. Curtis, 80, died unexpectedly at her home, Friday, Oct. 5, 2012.
Born in Damariscotta, Aug. 21, 1932, she was the daughter of Fred and Ida Smith. Connie grew up in Round Pond, where she attended local schools.
She later married and moved to Rockland. In earlier years she worked at area seafood factories.
Other than raising her own family, Connie’s greatest accomplishment was completing 25 years opening her home and helping shape the lives of foster children, which at last count, totaled an even 100.
She enjoyed horse races, playing bingo and poker. Connie was particularly interested in watching people.
Other than her parents, Connie was pre-deceased by her husband, John E. Curtis Sr., Sept. 26, 2003; a brother James Smith; a half-brother Malcolm Smith; and a sister Arlene Benner. She is survived by two sons, Gerald S. Willey Sr. and his wife Gail of Union, Zachary J. Curtis and his wife Jennifer of Rockland; a daughter Cheryl J. Gamage and her husband James E. Sr., of Rockland; two sisters, Janice Brehm and her husband Richard of Warren, Esther "Tootie" Thompson and her husband Kenneth of Rockport; a sister-in-law, Yvonne Smith of Rockland; six grandchildren, Gerald Willey Jr. and his wife Tracy, John Willey and his companion Jennifer, James Gamage Jr. and his wife Michelle, Kim Heald and her husband Michael, Michael Gamage and his companion Katie, Jacob Curtis; 10 great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Friends and relatives are invited to visit on Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland. A graveside committal service will be held Friday, Oct. 12 at 11 a.m., at Achorn Cemetery, Old County Road, Rockland. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Miles of Hope, 21 Limerock St., Rockland, ME 04841.
To share a memory or story with Connie’s family, please visit her online Book of Memories at bchfh.com.