Wendy W. Curtis

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 8:45am

Wendy Wood Curtis, formerly of West Boothbay Harbor, Maine, died July 26, 2016. She was a resident of Air Force Village II (Blue Skies of Texas West) from 2006 until her death.

Born on March 13, 1936 in East Providence, Rhode Island to Harold Cecil and Marguerite Ramsden Wood, Wendy grew up in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, ultimately graduating from Pinkerton Academy in Derry, New Hampshire in 1953. She eloped with Lewis Gilbert Curtis in April of 1954 in lieu of watching the Boston Marathon. Wendy often remarked that “it was lucky we both grew up to be people we liked!”

She felt privileged to have lived across the United States and Germany with her husband while he served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force until they retired in 1989. After having spent her summers as a child in Biddeford Pool, Maine, and the summers when her husband was on active duty in Raymond, Maine, Wendy chose their retirement location on the ocean in West Boothbay Harbor, Maine. She spent her summers there from 1980 until they moved there permanently in July of 1989.

Wendy also bowled with the Officers Wives’ Club for 31 years, took up golf for about four years and flew small prop planes for a few years with the Air Force Aero Clubs at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah, Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. One of her greatest loves was reading and on every day of the year Wendy could be found curled up in a chair “reading a really good book!” Over the years, she volunteered for many grateful organizations giving liberally of her time. Some of her experiences were as a Girl Scout Leader, Girl Scout Neighborhood Chairman, Officers Wives’ Club Corresponding Secretary, Base Thrift Shop Volunteer, Family Services Volunteer (2500 service hours), Meals-On-Wheels Volunteer (30 years) and library volunteer (40 years). Although Wendy served with a variety of libraries, her most recent and extensive work was with the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library in the capacity of volunteer, trustee, secretary and treasurer.

Two of Wendy’s favorite charitable activities for the past several years were as an AARP tax aide, assisting the residents of Blue Skies of Texas West with their annual income tax preparations and volunteering in the library. The greatest legacies that Wendy left are a wonderful sense of family, a great sense of humor and a love of reading.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Lewis G. Curtis (Maj. Gen. Ret. USAF); her son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Mariella (Hayden) Curtis of Raymond, Maine; two daughters and sons-in-law, Donna (Curtis) and John Busby of Buckeye, Arizona and Susan Curtis and Marcelo Reta Jr., of Aurora, Colorado. Wendy is also survived by her brother, Arthur Wood of Newton, Massachusetts; sister-in-law, Sandra Curtis Hofmann of Hudson, Massachusetts; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; four nieces and a nephew; as well as several great-nieces and great-nephews.

Wendy’s wish was that, in lieu of flower donations please consider a donation to your favorite charity or a gift to the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library, 4 Oak Street, Boothbay Harbor, Maine 04538.

There are no services planned at this time.