Melissa Curry

Melissa Jane "Mitzi" Curry

November 9, 1932 - February 4, 2021
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Mitzi, Mom, or Dede to her grandchildren

Melissa (Mitzi) Jane Duckett grew up in Clearfield, Pennsylvania, the fourth of six children, learning early on the meaning of hard work and creatively 'making do.' She met Bill Curry through his sister Dot, who was a co-worker of Mitzi’s, and they married in 1955 during Bill’s senior year of college. Starting their family in Ft. Meade, Maryland, they added three more children after moving to Massachusetts, finally settling in Chelmsford, where they lived for 51 years.

Mitzi loved music – on the radio listening to standards, classical or “elevator” music dawn to dusk and for years singing in a local group, Guys & Dolls; Tennis – both watching and playing; Reading – a notebook catalogued the hundreds of books completed; ice cream - Brigham's coffee; the game of Bridge – playing 30+ years with the same group of friends; all things red – flowers, purses, clothes, you name it; and shopping for bargains at Filene’s and Marshall’s.

Mitzi worked at home raising her children until the youngest went off to college. She started a new career selling Coach leather goods and, as their #1 fan, earned multiple commendations, including top national sales producer and customer service achievement awards. A significant chunk of her bonuses was “re-invested” in bags, wallets and belts for herself and family gifts.

Mitzi (Dede) was a natural with her grandchildren from day one, generously offering to help out for a few hours or a few days when their frazzled moms & dads needed a break. She always pulled together tea and a snack for visitors, and treasured spending time with family and friends.

Mitz & Bill enjoyed travel, visiting folks across the US, on their own in Europe, an amazing late-1970s sailing trip around St. Maarten with her brother and sister-in-law, and annual visits to Hilton Head, SC during their golden years; Mitz especially loved returning home after any time spent away.

Mitzi aimed to set a high bar for relationships, modeling the importance of patience and appreciation in a strong marriage and over many decades with dear friends. She was supportive of her children and grandchildren – sometimes fiercely, sometimes subtly - as their individual strengths, weaknesses, abilities, personalities, travails, and passions needed. She and Bill volunteered throughout the 1980s and 90s in a local food pantry / shelter and were longtime members of the Merrimack Regional Theater in Lowell, MA.

Thank you for everything Mom – may you rest in peace and be reunited with Dad. We love you a bushel and a peck, a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck.

Mitzi died peacefully on February 4, 2021. She leaves behind two siblings, Marlene Stebbings and Alan Duckett (the above-mentioned sailor); 4 children and their significant others: Kelly Ally and John Farnsworth, Rand and Karen Curry, Shannon and Brian Curry Hartmann, Alan and Laura Curry; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Due to gathering limitations, funeral services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to an Alzheimer’s research organization such as the Alzheimer’s Association or BrightFocus Foundation.
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Jennifer Tubbs

Posted at 02:36pm
Once when we were up for a visit Aunt Mitzi loaded up the car and took us all to Lexington and Concord. It was an amazing day! She was a great tour guide!

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