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Mary Eliza Farber Curtis
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Birth: Feb. 20, 1852
Franklin County
Ohio, USA
Death: Dec. 24, 1936
Lucas County
Iowa, USA

Wife of William Thomas Curtis. Daughter of John Farber and Sarah Headley


Chariton, Iowa
Thursday, December 31, 1936


Mrs. Mary E. Curtis, one of the early pioneers of Lucas county, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Harriet Woodman, in Russell, Iowa, on Saturday, Dec. 26, 1936, at the age of 84 years, 10 months and 6 days, after an illness of several weeks with paralysis.

Funeral services, conducted by Rev. A. E. Beals, were held at the Baptist church in Russell on Monday afternoon, with burial in the Chariton cemetery.

Mary Eliza Farber, daughter of John and Sarah Farber, was born Feb. 20, 1852, near Columbus, Ohio. When but six years of age she came with her parents to Iowa, locating on a farm six miles south of Chariton, where she lived until 1873, when she was married to William T. Curtis and moved to Chariton, Iowa. In 1888 she moved to Russell where she had since made her home.

To Mr. and Mrs. Curtis were born six children, two of whom preceded their mother in death. Ernest Emmett died in infancy and William Albert died in North Bend, Nebr. in 1935. Those surviving are Mrs. Harriet Woodman, Russell; Lee F. Curtis, Charles City, Iowa; John D. Curtis, Hammond, Ind.; and Mrs. Orval G. Werts, Cameron, Wisc.

Besides her children she leaves her youngest sister, Mrs. J. M. Wilson, of Ottumwa, Iowa and fifteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren, also a number of nieces and nephews who have only sweet memories of her.

When Mrs. Curtis was fifteen years of age her mother passed away, leaving to her the entire care and responsibility of a family of thirteen children until she was married at the age of twenty-one.

She was an exceptional mother. Her whole life has been one of self-sacrifice, always thinking of others, and eager to help at any task. One of her outstanding characteristics was that she always saw the good in everyone and grieved at any unkind word spoken of anyone.

At the age of twenty-one she was converted and united with the Chariton Baptist church. Later, in 1888 she transferred her membership to the Russell Baptist church where she was always active in many different departments. Her home was always open to everyone, and to know her was to admire her for her many lovely traits of character.

Obituary courtesy of Darlene Arnold, Lucas County Genealogical Society
Family links: 
  John Farber (1824 - 1897)
  Sarah Headley Farber (1829 - 1867)
  William Thomas Curtis (1845 - 1920)
  Harriett May Curtis Woodman (1873 - 1964)*
  Leonore Farber Curtis (1879 - 1970)*
  Earnest Emmett Curtis (1890 - 1892)*
  Caleb Farber (1847 - 1922)*
  William Farber (1849 - 1878)*
  John Wesley Farber (1850 - 1868)*
  Mary Eliza Farber Curtis (1852 - 1936)
  Ida Frances Farber Mitchell (1853 - 1910)*
  Electa Farber Curtis (1854 - 1884)*
  James Buchanan Farber (1856 - 1924)*
  Catherine Farber Carpenter (1858 - 1930)*
  Albert Farber (1860 - 1930)*
  Thomas Jefferson Farber (1862 - 1899)*
  Edward Everett Farber (1865 - 1923)*
  Walter Farber (1866 - 1891)*
*Calculated relationship
Chariton Cemetery
Lucas County
Iowa, USA
Created by: Skip
Record added: Jan 21, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 46957365
Mary Eliza <i>Farber</i> Curtis
Added by: Doris Christensen
Mary Eliza <i>Farber</i> Curtis
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- Skip
 Added: Jul. 15, 2014

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