FREEMAN TOWNSHIP — Lois N. Curtis, 89, of Foster Hill Road, died early Wednesday morning, March 29, at her daughter’s home.
She was born in Strong, on Sept. 23, 1927, daughter of Lorenzo and Sadie (Pinkham) Thompson and graduated as valedictorian of Strong High School in the Class of 1945. In 1946, she married Edward “Ed” Dexter, and they had four children; son, Rodney, who was killed in October 1970 by a lightning strike; daughters, Shirley and Cynthia; and son, Kelly. She and Eddie operated a store for a time in Kingfield and divorced in 1963. She later married Linwood Curtis, who died in October 1995. She worked at Forster Manufacturing Co., Inc. in the mail room for many years and then worked as a bookkeeper at Dexter Logging and Dexter Supply — her son’s businesses — for more than 30 years, retiring at the age of 86.
She loved birds, having once nursed a wounded raven in her home for over a year that continued to visit her for several years after being released. She also loved to garden but squirrels were her nemesis, so she would trap them in a Have-a-heart trap and relocate them to Gilkey Hill.
She is survived by her daughters, Shirley and her husband, Cecil, of Freeman Township, and Cynthia Charles and her husband, Kenric, of Freeman; son, Kelly of Strong; grandchildren, Sarah Belliveau, Jessica Withee, Eddie Leeman, Lindsay and Zachary Charles, Matthew, Keith, Charlie, Greg, and Annie Dexter; Rodney’s children, Mike, Dianna, Peggy and Shelby in North Carolina; numerous great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; two special stepchildren, Mike Shirley and his wife, Jane, of Kingfield, and Judy Schmitt and her husband, Pete, of Wilton.
Condolences and tributes may be shared on her memorial wall at www.wilesrc.com.
Lois N. Curtis