It was a beautiful, bright, sunny autumn day Friday, Oct. 28, in Arlington County, Va., where former Warren resident Carol Ann Curtis was placed in a burial niche at Arlington National Cemetery.

Army Chaplain Capt. Matthew Whitehead conducted the graveside burial service and began with these words: "Welcome to Arlington National Cemetery … where noone can purchase a place here, it must be earned."

Curtis was the wife of an honorably discharged military veteran.

She had lived her married life in Rockland, Owls Head and Warren. She was born Christmas Day, 1947 and passed away March 4, 2008.

At the time of her passing, she was survived by her husband, Edwin Curtis, of Warren, their four children and three grandchildren.

Her current survivors include sons Jeffrey (Terry) Curtis of Rockland, Jamie (Michelle) Curtis of Thomaston; daughters Kimberly Curtis (Michael Williams) of Owls Head, Kelli Curtis (Mark Hilliard) of Owls Head; and now five grandchildren — Silas Babbidge, Kayleigh Curtis, Kaden Curtis, Mason Curtis and Miles Curtis.

When the time comes, the remains of Carol's widower, Edwin Curtis, who retired after two years' active duty in the Army 82nd Airborne during the Vietnam era, and more than 20 years' service in the Coast Guard Reserves, will be placed in the same burial niche as Carol's at Arlington.

The above account was provided by Carol Ann Curtis' family.