Remembering Betty Curtis

Betty Curtis

October 15, 1934 - September 21, 2017

Born October 15, 1934 in Berkeley, California, Betty Curtis (Ruth Elizabeth Koerber) died September 21, 2017 in Anacortes, Washington following many challenges with Parkinson's.

After surviving two physician husbands, William Bolander and Richard Griffin, giving birth to three children and acquiring three step- children, she married renowned structural engineer, Gary Curtis in 1993. His offspring added two more to the mix, making a total of eight. 

Initially Betty and Gary lived in Southern California on a sailboat which Gary had designed. Eventually they purchased property on Guemes Island, Washington, where they built a more permanent home in 2006.

Betty is survived by her husband Gary Curtis, her children Brent Bolander of Anacortes, Brian Griffin of New York City, and Brenda Griffin of Guemes Island; step-children Mike Griffin of Columbus, Ohio, Peter Griffin in North Carolina, Sylvia (Griffin) McCleary of Houston, Texas, Gart Curtis and Margo (Curtis) Reveil, now both in Homer, Alaska, and a combined total of sixteen grand and great-grand children.

Betty was an accomplished musician, playing for the Community Church on Guemes Island for many years. Other hobbies included weaving, stained glass, gardening and gourmet cooking.

Her family remembers her energy playing tennis, waterskiing, snowskiing, and sailing in her younger days. Her Anacortes Adventist Church family remember her devotion to God, love of Bible study, passion in serving others, and faithful attendance, even with her waning health.

Two memorial services are planned; the first on October 15 (the day of Betty's birthday) at 3:00 p.m. at the Anacortes Adventist Fellowship, 1419 8th St. The other will be a service on Guemes on November 12, time to be announced. 

Gifts in her honor include a fund for a future addition to her Adventist Church home which includes ADA Handicap accessibility and the Anacortes Family Center.

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