BELFAST — Mary Knowlton Curtis, 98, of Belfast passed away at Bayview Manor on April 28, 2022. She was born in Freedom on May 11, 1923, to Theodore L. Knowlton and Elsie Brown Knowlton.

Mary was predeceased by her parents, her husband of 56 years, Carlton Curtis, and her special friend and partner of 22 years, Hilding Seastrom. She was also predeceased by her sister Ruth Drew and brother Ted L. Knowlton.

Mary is survived by her daughters Nyoka Palmer of Belmont, Paulette Martin of Rockport, Sheena Rapoza of Dade City, Fla., and Belmont and Kim Martin of Swanville. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Robin, Ricky, Kristen, Daren, Dean, Nicki, Jodi, Julia and Trey; nine great-grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren with an eighth on the way; as well as many special nieces and nephews.

Mary was a full-time housewife and mother. She and Carlton had a large circle of friends that included two very special friends, Bill and Doris Benner, with whom they spent many good times in their neighboring camps on Frye Mountain. Later on, they spent many good times at their camp on Eagle Lake. Mary could be found on the back of Carlton’s motorcycle many weekends and they both loved to dance. Their daughters usually accompanied them to the dances, and they all learned to dance on their father’s toes.

Mary was a good sport and was known to try anything once. Whether it be driving her dune buggy or the annual shopping trip with her girls and friends that she joined for over 30 years, Mary was the life of the party. She and Doris were quite often the brunt of practical jokes on those trips, and they took them all in stride. She was ready for a challenge, even in her later years. She sang her first karaoke at 95 at Bowen’s Tavern and took her final motorcycle ride the same year with her granddaughter’s husband. That event even made the newspapers.

She was famous for her chocolate cake with warm “poor man’s sauce” (which her granddaughters are still trying to replicate) and made a chocolate cake every day when her girls were young.

She and Carlton loved to travel and spent the last few winters before his death in Florida and Arizona.

The family would like to thank the staff at Bayview Manor for their wonderful care over the last few years. They would also like to than Kindred Hospice for their care and respect in her final days.

At Mary’s request, there will be no funeral. There will be a celebration of life June 12, 2022, at Belmont Community Hall at 2 p.m.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at ripostafh.com.