Ada N. Greenlaw Curtis, 95, passed away peacefully on March 23, 2018, with her loving family by her side. She was born to Edith and Byron Greenlaw in Belfast, Maine, on Dec. 26, 1922. She was the eldest of six children: Elmore, Byron, Robert, Shirley, Donnie and Helen.

On Oct. 12, 1940, she married George Malcolm Curtis, the love of her life, and lived in Searsport, raising nine children. After George's death in 1968, Ada returned to school for her degrees and taught special education for 15 years. During this time she was very active in Special Olympics and traveled extensively all over the country attending events. She was very proud she was a guest of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who started the Special Olympics. She also made a trip to Australia to celebrate her 80th birthday.

Ada Curtis was honored by the State of Maine as "Mother of the Year" for her family-oriented service to her community of Searsport, including as Searsport Recreation director, Brownies and Girl Scouts leader, Cub Scout leader, and a Waldo Country General Hospital volunteer for more than three years. Last year Ada received her 50-year pin from the Searsport Lions Club. She was a member of the fraternal order of Rebekah – Oddfellows.

But her greatest joy was spending time with her family. No one enjoyed a family celebration more than Ada and she had a lot to celebrate with nine children, grandmother to 22, great-grandmother of 37and great-great-grandmother of eight!

Ada N. Greenlaw Curtis is survived by her children, Kenneth E. and Bernadette Curtis and family; Malcolm G. and Sharon Curtis and family; Herman M. (preceded her in death); Cecil K. and Diane Curtis and family; Blake S. and Katie Curtis; Janie E. and Arthur Shute and family; Jaylene M. and Dennis Wing and family; Raylene M. and Bill Banks & family; Dale H. and Sharon Curtis and fur family.

Ada leaves behind her siblings Donnie Greenlaw and his friend Nancy Ashey and family; Helen Burns, loving wife of the late Harry Burns and family; Shirley and Ralph Carlson and family; as well as the families of her deceased siblings, Byron and June Greenlaw, Elmore and Bill Polk, and Robert Greenlaw and family.

Ada had many, many friends, including her dear friends Hazel Pendleton and Emily Darby and many more dear friends in the Belfast, Searsport and Stockton Springs area.

With heartfelt love and thanks, we wish to recognize the following people: Ada's personal physician, Dr. Mazur; all the staff and residents at Harbor Hill who have been a part of Ada's life for the past seven years; the nursing staff of Waldo County General Hospital who were involved in Ada's care and the support they provided to her family; and Hospice and their services.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to her favorite charity: Special Olympics Maine, 125 John Roberts Road, Suite 5, South Portland, ME 04106 800-380-3071.

Family and friends will gather for visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, March 26, at Young Funeral Home, 31 W. Main St., Searsport. A funeral service will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, at Searsport United Methodist Church, Main Street, Searsport.