Susan Curra

May 08, 2017

Susan Rebecca Howard Curra, passed away after a long illness April 30, 2017, in Augusta.

Sue was a daughter of Margaret Eastwood Howard and Arnold Howard, born Sept. 5, 1942, in Brockton, Mass. She grew up on Spooner Street in North Easton, Mass., and attended Oliver Ames High School, class of 1960. She enjoyed going back to Easton and attending high school reunions where she reconnected with classmates. She attended the Winthrop School of Nursing, in Winthrop, Mass., where she trained as an LPN. She was a natural caregiver, working with a variety of people and in a variety of places, including Perkins School for the Blind and Johns Hopkins Medical Center. As a young woman she traveled extensively, seeing and experiencing Europe on her own.

She married Peter Curra in July 1966 and her career shifted toward farming and family in Western Massachusetts. She and her family moved to Maine in 1970. Sue made wonderful jams, relishes and pickles. She cultivated beautiful flower gardens, and made wonderful breads and muffins. In addition to farming and raising her family, she would work in nursing again, taught a 4-H cooking class in her home which was well attended, was the town clerk for the town of Knox and was an ed tech in special education for many years at MSAD 3. She connected with many people during the time she worked at the Curra Family Farm Stand, building long lasting relationships. Sue loved genealogy and enjoyed helping others find their roots. She was a hospice volunteer and compassionately cared for others at the end of their lives. She was also a notary who performed many weddings in Waldo County. She was a member of the grange for 50 years. Sue was kind, outgoing and loved talking and meeting with people of all ages.

She was predeceased by her parents, and special son-in-law Timothy O’Sullivan.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Peter Curra of Knox; daughter Amy Buckley and husband Bill of Mashpee, Mass.; son Seth Curra of Knox; daughter Sarah Schultz-Nielsen and husband Lars of Randolph; and four lucky grandchildren: Will, Josh, Elia and Lille. She is also survived by her siblings, Sally Howard and Jon Howard, sister-in-law Susan Willis, former sister-in-law Susan Howard, as well as cousins and nieces and nephews, who loved her and whom she loved in return. She had many friends and touched many lives. We all will miss her so much.

A celebration of her life will be held June 10 at 2 p.m. at Friends Meeting House, 48 South Stanley Hill Road, East Vassalboro.

In lieu of flowers, consider this: hug someone you love. Pick some flowers and share them. Wear bright blue. Go out to eat (Sue loved eggrolls and hot fudge sundaes with extra nuts), make some blueberry muffins, read a good book, visit the ocean and be sure to remember Sue.

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