Ruth Naomi Curtis
March 05, 1922 - August 21, 2016
EVERETT, WA—Ruth Naomi Curtis, 94, of Everett passed away Sunday, August 21, 2016, at Providence Medical Center in Everett.
Ruth was born March 5, 1922, in Oilton, Oklahoma to Havilah and Sarah Mitchell Hockett. Growing up Ruth lived in Oklahoma and Kansas where her father worked in the oil fields. She attended high school in Halstead where she exceled academically and was president of the debate team. She once debated and won a debate with the future Attorney General of Kansas. During WWII she worked at Cessna Aircraft in Wichita, Ks where she met her husband George who was an engineer at Cessna and rode in her carpool. They were married on December 11, 1942 and because it was wartime they had to report to work shortly after the marriage ceremony. Ruth and George lived and raised their family in Andover, Ks until 1968 when George was transferred by Boeing to Everett, Wa. In 1974 and again in 1979, Ruth and George lived in Japan while on assignment with Boeing Aircraft.
Ruth was a passionate and excellent bridge player and avid reader. She enjoyed traveling with George all over the world. All of Ruth's life she was active in the United Methodist Church. She was a long time member of the Order of Eastern Star and a member of the local chapter ofP.E.O.
Ruth leaves behind two children, Steven Curtis (Karen) of Denver, Co, and Susan Walsh of Bothell, Wa; grandchildren Dana Curtis and Scott Curtis (Anjl) of Denver, Co, Erin Walsh Alfieri and Kevin Walsh of Bothell, Wa; four great grandchildren (Andrew, Jeremy, Kaylub, and Serenity) two nieces and five nephews; brother-in-law Bill Dorris of Canton, Mo.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband George Curtis and son Richard Curtis; sister Norma Jean Dorris; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Leona and Kenneth Robuck and Lois and George Brown and their son David.
Ruth led a full and active life and is now at peace with her husband and sisters.
Love Lives On
Those we love remain with us,
for Love itself lives on.
Cherished memories never fade;
because one loved is gone.
Those we love can never be
more than a thought apart,
for as long as there's a memory
they live on in our heart.
Think of her as living
in the hearts of those she touched,
for nothing loved is ever lost,
and she was loved so much.
I DID NOT DIE
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.
Mary Elizabeth Frye