CURTIS, MARY M - Adair County, Missouri | MARY M CURTIS - Missouri Gravestone Photos


Shumaker or Shoemaker Cemetery
Adair County,

Jun. 8, 1841
Aug. 26, 1921

Aug. 16, 1842 Indiana
Sep. 20, 1927

La Plata Home Press
3 Sep 1921

David Curtis, aged eighty years, two months and eighteen days, died at his home southeast of Gifford Friday, August 26, after a short illness.
Funeral services were held at the residence Sunday morning at 11:00, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Gifford cemetery.
Mr. Curtis is survived by his wife, four sons, Dell, Sam, Alva and John; one daughter, Alta Sullivan, of Fort Collins, Colorado.
Mr. Curtis was one of the earliest settlers of Macon County when the county was but a plain, having killed deer and wild turkey where the city part of La Plata now is.


Mary M. Rutherford was born in Indiana on Aug. 16, 1842, coming with her parents to Missouri in early childhood. She was married to David Curtis in 1862, moved to this place and spent all of the remainder of her life here. She was the mother of 8 children, 4 sons and 4 daughters, all of whom survive, except 3 daughters, Mrs. Augusta Shumaker, Mrs. Elizabeth Miller, and Mrs. Lottie Boydston, who passed away many years ago. The surviving children are: Dell, Alva and Sam Curtis and Mrs. Altha Sullivan of Colorado. There are 21 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren, one brother John Rutherford and one sister, Mrs. David Wenger.
She died Sept. 20, 1927, having lived a little more than 85 years. After she could no longer lead and active life she loved to sit at her window and look out upon her beloved hills and trees, where she spent her life. She had seen the rough forest grow into a beautiful home and her life was rich with memories.
She was a home maker in every sense of the word. Relatives and friends and the passing stranger were alike made welcome at her door. Tho she lived comparatively apart from the world, she kept in touch with the world events by means of newspapers and books of which she was a great reader.
She was a firm believer in Christ and was a member of the Universalist church.
She was a woman of spendid mind, of tender heart, who lived a worthwhile life.
This little tribute is written by a niece who loved and admired her.

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Submitted: 10/13/16 • Approved: 10/14/16 • Last Updated: 3/26/18 • R799077-G799076-S3

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