Sunrise: December 7, 1941
Home Going: May 22, 2021
Marjorie Lorraine Curtis, aka “Marge”, will always be remembered as a phenomenal woman who greatly inspired many and anyone that was lucky to cross her path. Marge’s strong and unwavering faith in God offered to many solace and comfort while at the other opposite end of the stream, in “open mic” style, deliver motivation and inspiration to reach for the stars.
Marge was born December 7, 1941, (Pearl Harbor Day), the second oldest child to William and Patsy Curtis. Marge’s life story begins in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Marge spent her early childhood in Philadelphia and at the tender age of 6, insisted to her mother that she must attend Catholic school. She did not like her current school and pleaded to attend the school of her choice. Her strong faith was apparent at an incredibly early age; her Mom granted her request and was amazed at how happy this made her daughter. Attending Mass at the cathedral was Marge’s favorite time of her school day and her faith was a journey that would be life saving in later years. The family grew in size with a sister and four boys. Hard times and challenges would ripple and sometimes emerge in an outright flood. Yet, Marge was amazed at the quiet strength of her Mother and her outpouring of love to her children.
Another testament to Marge's journey came when she made a life decision to live with her brother Donald in Paterson, NJ. He and his wife, Shirley welcomed Marge with open arms. Her brother Donald and his wife proved to be the saving grace for Marge. Paterson became her new home and she lived there up until her completion of college. Marge attended the William Paterson College and received a BA in Education. Marge always talked fondly of her memories in Paterson and hailed Donald and Shirley to the highest regard throughout her life’s journeys as they helped raise her like she was their own daughter. How truly grateful she was for their love and support.
It can certainly be said with 100% accuracy, Marge was absolutely gorgeous! Her presence exemplified without a doubt, class, style and grace. A true stunner!
Although her degree was in education, Marge successfully trekked a rewarding career in Human Resources. As VP of Human Resources, she travelled to many cities; New York, Boston, LA, Phoenix, Chicago, Texas and Toronto, Canada to train Human Resource managers and to also receive continuing education through seminars/workshops. Her career strengthened her love for knowledge and learning something new. Marge loved listening to the news and no Sunday was complete without the New York Times paper for this adorable “news-junkie”!
When it came to mothering, Marge was a discerning, conscientious and selfless provider. With her strong faith intact, she was intentional and focused on seeing her two daughters, Natalie and Alva, shine as the jewels she saw in them. A true educator at heart, Marge instilled in her two daughters, the importance of education and ensured a sound learning environment for their early childhood years. Throughout their education, she was highly active and present in the school PTA, including, a Vice President position, tirelessly ensuring that her daughters’ journeys were completed in excellence!
When Marge decided to retire, she moved to North Carolina with her eldest daughter, Natalie. Marge was eagerly looking forward to reading great books and the ability to see grandchildren with no work constraints. Her grandchildren were her heart and joy; Marge adored being the “Nana” and “Grandjam” for her seven grandchildren. Also, important for Marge was to get involved with volunteering in education/children’s programs.
However, looming ahead would be another major test of her unwavering faith resulting from health conditions in which a diagnosis of breast cancer became front and center. Through it all, she was centered and focused on getting well through proper medical protocol and prayers. Not an easy feat but perseverance and her indomitable faith paid off and Marge continued to remain cancer free. Eventually, she was given the opportunity to be a Guardian Ad Litem for foster children, created a fabulous tutor program for her Church while continuing to uplift and support her grandchildren with an abundance of love.
Marge was and continues to be a phenomenal woman who understood life in all of its grey shades and offered comfort to those struggling and gave a loving warm rub on the shoulder to acknowledge triumph’s big and small. A Mom who was an incredibly intuitive loving woman always making sure we knew how incredible we were and loved us unconditionally.
Our hearts are so heavy, Mom, but we know that you are pain and weary free spiritedly singing the
Lord’s name in all His glory.
Nous t'aimerons toujours, Maman
Loved ones that cleared the path for Marge are her father William Curtis, Patsy Curtis, infant sister (stillborn), Iris, one sister, Vencina Woodrit, two brothers, Joseph and Charles Curtis. Her furry family, Ali.
Loved ones that will miss Marge until they meet again; sister, Frances Curtis Frazier, two brothers, William Curtis, III, and Al Curtis; her two daughters, Natalie Revis, and Alva Castanou; and her grandchildren, Armond Revis-Nixon, Kenda Revis-Nixon, Dana Revis-Nixon, Phillipe Castanou, Elisha Castanou, Stephen Castanou, and David Castanou; her 13 nieces and 9 nephews; her cousins.
And so, the story goes on until we see our Mother, Sister, Aunt of many, Nana, Grandjam, Cousin
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Salvation Army, Epiphany Church/Lee Scholarships or the charity of your choice in Marjorie's name.
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