OBITUARY

Joyce Elizabeth Curtis

September 4, 1939January 5, 2019
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Please notice that this service is rescheduled to 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 13th due to today's weather. Please be safe!

Joyce Elizabeth Curtis passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Saturday, January 5, 2019. Joyce was born in Brookfield, Missouri on September 4, 1939 to John and Lessie Klestinske. She was raised in Flat River, Missouri.

Joyce worked at the University of Missouri Medical School in the Dean’s Office where she met her future husband, Dr. Kenneth M. Kays. Together, they had three children. Joyce went on to work as the Alumni and Development Coordinator for the University of Missouri Medical School. She was integral in fundraising efforts for the medical school as well as the construction of Columbia’s Ronald McDonald House, a charity that Joyce continued to champion.

In 1979 she married Dr. Jack Curtis and they went on to have their son, Adam. Joyce filled her days with property management and eventually opened a floral business, Bloomers, with her eldest son, Peter. Joyce’s strong faith motivated her to dedicate a portion of their shop to another business, His Place, selling Christian books, Bibles, gifts and hosting study groups.

She is survived by her 4 children; Peter Kays of Columbia, Kimberly Motz and her husband Cary of Lone Tree, CO, Katherine Nicholas and her husband Scott of Austin, TX, Adam Curtis and his husband Michael Moran of Columbia, MO.

She is also survived by her four grandchildren; Connor Perry of Austin, TX, Dunovan Perry of Fort Hood, TX, Carter Motz of Boulder, CO and Tate Motz of Beaver Creek, CO.

Visitation will be on Saturday, January 12, 2019 from 12:00-1:00 pm, at Christian Fellowship Church at 4600 Christian Fellowship Rd., Columbia, Missouri with the Service to immediately follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorials be made in Joyce Curtis’ name to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid- Missouri., www.rmhcmidmo.org or to Love, Inc., columbialoveinc.org.

  • FAMILY

  • She is survived by her 4 children; Peter Kays of Columbia, Kimberly Motz and her husband Cary of Lone Tree, CO, Katherine Nicholas and her husband Scott of Austin, TX, Adam Curtis and his husband Michael Moran of Columbia, MO; four grandchildren; Connor Perry of Austin, TX, Dunovan Perry of Fort Hood, TX, Carter Motz of Boulder, CO and Tate Motz of Beaver Creek, CO.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, January 12, 2019
  • Funeral Service Sunday, January 13, 2019
REMEMBERING

Joyce Elizabeth Curtis

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Doc Klestinske

January 13, 2019

I'm so thankful I was able to spend a short time visiting with Aunt Joyce on Christmas day. Growing up together, she was my big sister and a best friend. I have so many fond memories of our good times together I could go on forever. She will have a special place in heaven with all her loved ones, along with a special place in my heart.

Angie Richardson

January 12, 2019

Our sincere sympathy to all of you . I am Aunt Mary's niece from Atlanta. Your Mother was so generous to my parents when they would go with Mary to the condo in Florida. I was so happy to be with your Mom on a few occasions, she was so much fun. Angie Richardson

Tot Nations

January 12, 2019

My sincere sympathy to the family. Joyce was so thoughtful. My late husband, my sister( Aunt Mary), and I had many happy times because of her generosity. Tot Nations

Carol Schultz

January 11, 2019

It was such a privelege to be with all of you to assist during Joyce's transition to her next adventure. My condolences and love go out to you.
Carol S
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Roger and Becky Ellingson

January 10, 2019

Pete and family, we are very sorry to hear about the passing of Joyce. Please accept our condolences, and know you are in our thoughts during this sad time.

Bill Lloyd

January 10, 2019

There are but a few people in this life who become friends with no strings attached. Joyce was a friend because of a few common bonds, most importantly, the love for Christ. Phone calls typically had long spans of time between, but we picked up where we left off and it was always comfortable...Be at peace family, because we know she is in the Savior's arms today.

Anna Gross

January 10, 2019

To the family of Joyce,
We were so sad to hear of your loss. Joyce always had a beautiful smile for everyone who crossed her path. So many memories of her at CFS, Bloomers, and our phone conversations. She loved her children and grandchildren with a passion. We will miss her and yet rejoice for her passing into the arms of Jesus. May God sustain you and give you the comfort that you need as you grieve the loss of your Mom.
Larry and Anna Gross

Tunde Akinmoladun

January 9, 2019

Rest in Peace Joyce! Your life and legacy as a good natured and caring person lives! We will never forget you! May God give your children and loved ones the courage to bear the loss. He is in control!
Dr. Tunde Akinmoladun,
Columbia, MO
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