Date Posted: 2007-01-30
Maiden Name: Lindblade

Marylyn (Lindy) Curtis, 82, died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2007, at her home in Leisure World at Mesa, Ariz., just 25 days after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  A service celebrating Lindy's life was held on Monday, Feb. 5, 2007, at Broadway Christian Church in Mesa, Ariz., officiated by Pastor John Enabnit and Pastor Richard Abbott. Burial was Monday, Feb. 5, 2007, in Mountainview Memorial Gardens at Mesa. Mountainview Memorial Gardens of Mesa was in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years; three daughters, Christy (Richard) Abbott of Cedarege, Colo., Connie (Steve) Casey of Glenwood Springs, Colo., Cara Lee (Bob) Berg of Gilbert, Ariz.; one son, Jeff Curtis of Mesa.; one sister, Van (Bill) Kloepping of Lexington, their son and three daughters and families; and eight grandchildren, Aaron (Hayley) Abbott, Becca (Brian) Kuster, Jordan Lyn Abbott, McKenna and Kellin Casey and Jason, Jenna Lee and Jessica Berg. She was preceded in death by a son, Joel Reed; her parents; her sister, Evelyn; and her brother-in-law, Harold Fagot.    Lindy was born July 19, 1924, near Holdrege to John and Tillie Lindblade, the youngest of three sisters. She graduated from Lexington High School in 1941, and attended the University of Nebraska. She studied journalism and worked as a secretary in Lincoln, Dallas and Denver. She was also a United Airlines passenger agent for a few years through the late 1940s and 1950s. Lindy worked as a contract model for the Alexander Film Company in Colorado Springs.

On Sept. 1, 1949, she married Gene Curtis of Denver on the Bride and Groom radio program in Hollywood. The couple moved to Glenwood Springs, Colo., where Lindy was a member of the Art Guild. She and her husband were blessed with three daughters and a son.

Throughout her life she continued to model, teach young aspiring models and narrate fashion shows. For six years, she taught a Christian youth education program from her home, which she called Junior B.A.S.I.C. School (Brothers and Sisters in Christ).

Lindy was a published author and a poet writing children's stories songs, and in 1994 her 96-page poetry book was published and copies are now all over the world. She was a frequent contributor to the Christian Communicator magazine and wrote a number of articles that appeared in Forel Times, The Glenwood Post, Leisure World News and a number of other magazines, periodicals and newspapers. Lindy and Gene moved to Mesa 22 years ago where Lindy became involved in serving at Broadway Christian Church, had a nursing home ministry, and was a member and leader of Hope Fellowship in Leisure World. She also worked for the recreation department of Leisure World. Donations may be sent to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85018, or the Phoenix Rescue Mission, 1801 South 35th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85009.--Obituary obtained from the Lexington Clipper-Herald