Deloris Curtis pass away peacefully March 1, 2018 at Corydon Care Initiatives surrounded by family. Deloris was born to Robert Roy Grove and Lois Allene Trimble Grove on September 10, 1930 in Corydon Iowa.
Deloris married Paul Wendell Curtis on October 1, 1950 by Reverend Carter of Corydon. She said that Paul paid $5.00 for performing the ceremony. They were married more than 50 years until Paul passed away. Deloris had taken care of her husband for seven years after he had a stroke before she had to place him in a Corydon Nursing Home.
Deloris had one daughter Patricia. She used to read to her every night when Pat was a child. Deloris never missed any school or church functions that Pat was participating in. She also kept Pat well supplied with paper dolls. Deloris and her brother Larry even chaperoned youth center dances.
Deloris was raised in Wayne County. She attended country school. Deloris received Jesus Christ as her personal savior in her youth and was baptized in the Corydon Christian Church.
Deloris penmanship was beautiful. She wrote records of all her families births, weddings, deaths. Basically she enjoyed writing.
Deloris like her mother was a great cook. Loved nothing better than fixing a huge family dinner. Christmas time, you would find her in kitchen making her famous peanut brittle and lots of other goodies for good friends, neighbors and family. When asked about some of her recipes she would reply a little bit of this and little of that maybe a dash of something else.
Deloris would take in anyone who needed a place to stay. There were numerous people stayed and were fed whether it be family or strangers. All were welcome to a bed and great food.
Paul and Deloris enjoyed playing bingo where ever there was a game. After Paul passed away, she would take the grandchildren with her for Sunday bingo. You would almost have to drag her to the 4th of July at the Chariton square. The first thing she would head to was the bingo tent with who ever would go with her or just by herself.
Early adulthood found her working as a Nurse’s aide in nursing homes. She took in washings and ironing to supplement the family income while her daughter was young. Later she started cleaning houses for others. Usually she worked four or five days a week cleaning. She was one heck of a housekeeper, you could almost eat off of her floors. She continued to clean houses up into her 50’s. She also babysat for some of the children which she had cleaned for. Later in years she and Paul did dishes for Shriners, UCT, and VFW dinners once a month. Deloris was a hard worker she did not have a lazy bone in her body.
Deloris was such a wonderful Grandmother to all of her grandchildren, great grandchildren. She taught them to write, would do puzzles and take them to the park. Gave them love when they were hurt or just needing some grandma hugs. When needed she would babysit them. Never would she say she was to busy. She was never to busy for them. She was greatly loved by all of them.
Deloris is survived by her daughter Pat Schultz, her grandchildren Scott Wright, Jennifer Wright, Jeanette McGee, Lori Hale and step-granddaughter Michelle Anderson. Also left to mourn her passing, 14 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren. She loved them dearly. She is also survived by her sisters Betty Stoll, Nancy Askren, brothers Chuck Grove, Larry Grove, and many nieces and nephews.
Deloris is preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Lois Grove; her siblings, Bobby Grove and Nita Chamberlain; her nephews, Bobby Clark and John Chamberlain; her great grandson, David McVeigh; and her great great grandson Joseph James McVeigh. Also three son-in-laws. She never met a stranger and could talk to anyone. Deloris will be sorely missed by family and friends.