Helen Marie Curb
July 25, 1922 – July 30, 2017
Helen Marie Curb, 95, of Odessa, passed away on July 30, 2017 at Medical Center Hospital. She was born July 25, 1922, near Sterling, Oklahoma, the oldest child of Harry M. & Otie Girdner Loper.She attended school at Sterling for 12 years, graduated in 1940, and went to Cameron Jr. College at Lawton, Oklahoma, worked part time in the school cafeteria, and also at Ft. Sill, Ok. She married Dan Curb, Jr. on Dec. 12, 1942 in Oklahoma City, and continued to live there during WWII, while working at Douglas Aircraft and Tinker Air Field, and Dan was in combat overseas. After the war they moved to Houston, TX. And she transferred her Civil Service to Reconstruction Finance Corp, and later to Federal National Mortgage Assoc., (Fannie Mae) She quit working outside the home when the Adoption Agency suggested they learn to live on one income before adopting a child.She became active and participated in many Church programs, taught Primary children in Sunday School, served as Women’s Missionary Union Director, Baptist Women’s President, helped with community service projects, Day Care Centers, Nursing Homes, Vacation Bible Schools, Girls Auxiliary Camps, BSU Lunches, Door of Hope mission, and Meals on Wheels. Sang in Church Choirs, and loved Gospel and Country Music. She loved the out-of-doors, and often took her grandchildren on walks to explore, and study nature. Mrs. Curb was a member of Crescent Park Baptist Church, Past Matron and Endowed member of Friendship Chapter #1008, Order of the Eastern Star, served as Secretary for 9 years, and many years on Special Committees of the Grand Chapter of Texas. Mrs. Curb was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 56 years, one daughter Boni German, one grand-daughter, and one great grandson. She is survived by her grandchildren, Jenifer Lynn Dunlap Gonzales, of Havelock, North Carolina, Julia Anne Dunlap, of Odessa, Joshua Daniel Storts of New Bern, North Carolina, and Joseph Benjamin Storts, of Odessa. One sister Mary Louise Hadden of Corpus Christi, Texas, one sister-in-law Marta Loper of Goodyear, Arizona, as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. Frank W. Wilson Funeral Chapel. Funeral Service will held on Friday, August 4, 2017 at 4:00p.m. Frank W. Wilson Funeral Chapel with Dr. Jimmy Braswell, officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Services entrusted to Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.
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Helen Marie Curb
December 11, 2017
My precious Aunt Helen Curb, the record keeper, the family gatherer. She made it her life's mission to keep the heritage of her family renewed in our lives. We will miss her letters, her sweet nature, her stories about the past the present and the hopes of the future for her beloved grandchildren. Love and miss you.... your niece, Nadine Curb Christall.
August 3, 2017
Having been friends with Julia for nearly 25 years, Mrs. Curb became known to me simply as Mamaw. She was a very giving and loving lady and she passed those admirable traits down to her family. I have always admired the way she so selflessly devoted herself to her family. Having taught that life lesson to her grandchildren, it was certainly shown in her last years when her grandchildren selflessly devoted themselves to her daily care. I know she loved having them there with her all the way up to her last moments here on earth. It's hard to lose such a great lady and even harder knowing that the heart of my best friend is broken. As humans and as Christians we try to find comfort in the thought of our loved ones being in heaven once they have passed, but that doesn't heal our hearts. Grief happens and lasts the rest of our lifetime. We never really get over the loss of a loved one. So to say it's ok, or she lived a long and happy life, or don't be sad Because she is with our King is a basic reflex when we see someone grieving. What we should do is remind those grieving how important they were to their loved one, bring a smile to their faces by mentioning the good and happy times, don't be afraid to mention the names of those passed for fear of upsetting someone. With that being said... I would like to tell my friend Julia, that Mamaw was a lovey lady and I am proud, as your friend, to have had her raise you. She instilled in you such a loving, giving, and caring nature. And for all of us who are your friends, we are lucky to feel her heart through you. She helped you become the wonderful person that you are today and I am so glad that you had so many years with her... building the memories that will last a lifetime. Cherish the little things that are only special to you, and as long as we remember her, she made her mark on this world... a very special mark. I am blessed to have ever met her and to have my own memories of her. But I am even more blessed to be part of one of the best things she ever did... and that is to have raised a wonderful granddaughter who has all the best parts of her inside her heart!!! I love you Julia. Rest In Peace Mamaw, you will be missed but always in our hearts and our memories.
August 2, 2017
With our deepest sympathy for your loss, Joseph and Julia. Your devotion to Helen over the past months has been amazing. All of Helen's family and countless friends meant so much to her.
Helen was a wonderful friend and neighbor to me and my family and she and Dan we're a large part of our lives for over 40 years. Just as Dan has been missed, we will miss Helen everyday.
Our thoughts and prayers for each of you during this time of bereavement. God bless family and friends of this amazing lady.