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Kathryn Lea "Kay" Cole Curd
Birth: Jan. 26, 1909
Benton County
Arkansas, USA
Death: Mar. 9, 1991
Las Vegas
Clark County
Nevada, USA

Kathryn Lea was named for her grandmother Martha Louisa Lea. Though the family lived in Shenandoah, Iowa, she was born in Arkansas. Her mother traveled to Arkansas to have the assistance of her brother-in-law, Charles Perkins M.D., to help with the birth. The family moved from Shenandoah, Iowa, to Williams, Arizona sometime between 1910-1918.

Kathryn and her sister Helen would work in the movie theater in Williams, Arizona, playing the piano during the showing of the silent movies and singing during intermission. Sometime after her mother died, in 1923, Kathryn briefly attended Chapman College and also worked in the Chapman Park Hotel, in charge of the dining room. The college and the hotel were owned by her mother's first cousin C. C. Chapman. While working at the hotel she met many movie stars.

She married Joseph Harrington Curd on October 31, 1931 in Santa Ana, California. They had three children: Ronald; Vena Diane; Michael. After her first son was born she took some classes and became a head custodian for public schools. One day when she was working she was on a ladder cleaning some windows and got hit in the back very hard with a ball. She had bad back problems after that and had to quit working. She and her husband lived in San Pedro, California for about thirty years.

Kathryn was a very devout Catholic, but couldn't always go to church as she suffered badly from allergies to perfume. She enjoyed playing her organ and visiting with her family. She had a very warm, loving personality and is greatly missed by her family. 
Family links: 
  Berton Vorce Cole (1881 - 1937)
  Vena Bertha Clarke Cole (1880 - 1923)
  Joseph Harrington Curd (1906 - 1988)
  Richard Vorce Cole (1903 - 1991)*
  Forrest Cole (1905 - 1905)*
  Ross Cole (1907 - 1962)*
  Kathryn Lea Cole Curd (1909 - 1991)
  Clarke Clifford Cole (1910 - 1991)*
  Helen Marie Cole Provence (1916 - 1999)*
  Harry James Cole (1919 - 1996)*
  Virginia Mae Cole Welker (1921 - 1997)*
*Calculated relationship
Green Hills Memorial Park
Rancho Palos Verdes
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Vista del Sol, lot 284, space D
Created by: Michelle Shreve
Record added: Nov 14, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 22901354
Kathryn Lea Kay <i>Cole</i> Curd
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Kathryn Lea Kay <i>Cole</i> Curd
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Kathryn Lea Kay <i>Cole</i> Curd
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- Shelley
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