Obituary: Patricia Ann Curtis, 84

Patricia Ann Curtis died in Gainesville, Fla., on March 2, 2014. She was born July 12, 1929, in Belmont, Mass., to the late Catherine Ann and Frank McDermott.

Ms. Curtis attended Simmons College, majoring in merchandising in 1944. She met and married Roger Arnold Curtis in 1949. The couple had three children — Lee Ann, Steve and Reina (Tina) —  while living in the Boston area. The family moved to Wilton in 1960, then moved to Saugatuck Shores, Westport, in 1983.

Ms. Curtis was a dedicated wife, a mother of three, a grandmother of five, and a great friend to many. She believed in peace and in the 1960s wore a peace band around her head illustrating her support against the Vietnam war. In the 1970s, she earned a degree in communications at Bridgeport University. She worked in radio and newspaper, and was employed at Fairfield Press. Later, she studied with Ohashi and became a certified Shiatsu practitioner. She meditated with friends, developing her spiritual interests.

Her love of the theater and movies led her to perform in and attend shows. The Curtises enjoyed entertaining, “which they did at both their 1800s home in Wilton and on Saugatuck Shores, where they shared Pat’s deliciously prepared food, danced and laughed with friends,” her family said. She also loved to read and was a frequent visitor to the Westport Library.

“Reviewing the New York Times was a Sunday morning ritual that she shared with Roger. She was a water lover and was drawn to the beach, spending many days at Compo and beaches where she and Roger traveled,” her family said. “Pat collected angels and mermaids, perhaps due to her connections to the water and spiritual life. Most importantly, Pat loved her family and friends and they loved her.”

Ms. Curtis is survived by her husband, Roger, daughters Lee Conger of Eustis, Fla., and Reina Sauer of Westport, son Steve of West Vancouver, B.C., and her grandchildren Megan, Evan, Michael, Peter, and Luke.

A memorial service will be held in the summer. Memorial donations may be to the Westport Public Library.

—by the staff