Lucille “Lucy” Curtis, longtime secretary at Mount View High School, died unexpectedly May 9 at the age of 65.

Curtis had worked as secretary at the school for 42 years, according to her obituary. In Curtis’ long career at the school, according to another SAD 3 employee, she forged a unique bond with students.

“She had a special relationship with practically every student,” said SAD 3 Business Manager and Finance Director Barbara Van Deventer. “She was the face they saw every morning coming into school and every afternoon on their way out.”

Van Deventer noted that a table had been set up near Curtis’ desk at the school, with flowers placed on it in memory of the secretary.

“I think the whole school is remembering her in a very touching way,” said Van Deventer.

Curtis, Van Deventer noted, had worked at the school long enough to see children graduate, get married, have children of their own and then work with those children when they made it to the high school.

“She will definitely be missed,” said Van Deventer of Curtis. “She’s a face that you expect to see.”

The SAD 3 school board opened its regular monthly meeting May 10 with a moment of silence in memory of Curtis.

“We lost a beloved friend and colleague here this weekend,” said Board Chairman Glenn Couturier. “In her memory, we’d like to observe a moment of silence.”

In December 2009, Curtis was honored with a named seat in The Clifford Performing Arts Center at the new Mount View School Complex. In a press release from Future MSAD 3 announcing the honor, it was stated that Curtis began working at the old Mount View High School Sept. 23, 1968.

In the press release, Curtis described her office in the old school as being “in a little box with a hole in the wall.” By contrast, she described her office in the new school as “open, bigger, new and beautiful.”

Curtis had worked with at least five different principals in her 40-plus-year career at the school, according to the press release, and it was estimated that approximately 4,000 students had passed through the doors of the school in that same period.

Kathy Cunningham, a Freedom resident who now serves on the SAD 3 school board, was Curtis’ co-worker for nearly two decades, from 1978 to 1996, when Cunningham was guidance secretary at Mount View High School. In the December 2009 press release, Cunningham testified to Curtis’ connection with students.

“Lucy’s voice has been, for decades now, the first thing generations of high school students hear in the morning and the last thing in the afternoon,” Cunningham said. “She is often the person the kids call first after graduation, their confidante, and their best friend.”

Cunningham said she could not think of a “more deserving honor for a more deserving person than to have a seat named for Lucy Curtis in The Clifford Performing Arts Center.”

The press release reported that from her office in the new school, Curtis had a clear view of the entrance into the Performing Arts Center, where her named seat is located in row B, seat 2.

Curtis’ obituary asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her memory to the Scholarship Fund, Mount View High School, c/o Tanya Hubbard, 577 Mount View Road, Thorndike, ME 04986.

Visiting hours were held May 11 at Crabiel-Riposta Funeral Home in Belfast, and private graveside services for family members only are scheduled for Thursday, May 13.