Mary M. Curry, age 84, passed away Thursday, Nov. 1 at Via Christi Hospital in Wichita.

Mary M. Curry, age 84, passed away Thursday, Nov. 1 at Via Christi Hospital in Wichita.

Mary was born April 19, 1928 in Carthage, Mo. To Clarence and Bertha Wells Sr. She was a lifelong resident of the Joplin area.

On Jan. 20, 1949 she married Paul Curry. They shared over 51 years of life together, loving, laughing and raising four children. They first lived
in Carthage, then Joplin for many years.  They shared the adventure of being pioneers at Grand Lake, being one of the first to buy and develop property there. Together they enjoyed weekends boating, fishing, water sking, building a home and eventually retiring there.

She was a Drum Majorette at Carthage High School where she twirled batons.
She met the love of her life while working at Boots Drive In.  She also
worked many years as an administrative assistant for W. R. Grace.  She
authored several books on genealogy records of the Joplin area. In her spare time, she also liked to garden, crochet and play Bingo.

She enjoyed Girl Scouts with her youngest daughter, Michele, and for many years was a leader and trainer for the Ozark area Girl Scout Council. Mary lived her life by the same values she taught, helping inspire children by her example of friendship, positive attitude and work ethic.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Curry, on April 26th, 1999, her brother Clarence Wells Jr. and a great grandson Linden Curry.

Survivors include her children George (Johnna) Cole of Carthage, Karen Beale of Joplin, Stephen (Janis) Curry of Joplin, Michele (Edward) Hill of Derby, Kan., 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin Mo., at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5 and visitation on Sunday, Nov. 4 from 4-5 p.m.

Burial will be at Park Cemetery in Carthage following services.