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Mary C. Curtis

Obituary for Mary C. Curtis

October 27, 1921 - December 5, 2018
Austin, Texas | Age 97

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Mary Margaret Carrington was born October 27, 1921 in Vivian, Louisiana. She was the fourth-born of five children to Samuel Eugene (Daddy Sam) Carrington and Maggie Eula Tull (Mamma Sam) Carrington. Around the age of eight, her family moved to Marquez, Texas, where she lived until she graduated from high school and moved to Austin, Texas, to begin her college career at the University of Texas. While at The University, a classmate introduced Mary to her brother, Carlton D. Yarbrough, who became the love of her life, her husband, and the father of their three children.

Carlton served overseas in the U.S. Army during World War II and was in the commercial construction business, while Mary played the important role of mother to their children. As the years passed, Mary found a love for golf and became quite proficient at the game. In addition, since her husband piloted his own plane, and the family often accompanied him, she decided to get her pilot's license in case something happened to him while they were in the air; she made at least one solo flight. Mary was a people person, and she was truly loved by those who knew her. She never met a stranger, and she had a trademark, infectious smile that drew everyone to her. In 1973, Mary lost her beloved Carlton, and since her children were grown, she started a business known as Welcome Wagon for the City of Austin; later, she was a real estate agent for a number of years, in addition to being a world¬ wide traveler.

In 1977, she married C.G. Curtis, Jr., and Mary continued to make many new friends and keep the multitude that she already had acquired. Family was very important to Mary, and she was either visiting her children and grandchildren, or having them come to her home in Austin. She was a wonderful decorator and cook, and she was a crossword puzzle enthusiast. You certainly did not want to challenge one of her words in the game of Scrabble! Her children hosted her 80th birthday at a downtown hotel in Austin, packing the room with friends and family. In 1999, she and her husband moved to Westminster Manor, where her children later hosted her 90th birthday in a large ballroom. She fully enjoyed the event and was the belle of the ball, greeting all of her many, many friends and her beloved family.

In 2013, her second husband passed away, and she spent the rest of her life at Westminster Manor. Again, she made the most of her environment and had the entire staff, as not only her caregivers, but also as her friends. They all truly loved the beautiful lady with the big smile and bright, welcoming eyes. She enjoyed her 97th birthday party at her son's home on October 27, 2018. Then a few weeks later, her only surviving sibling, Lorene Carrington Clute, who had just celebrated her 101st birthday, was holding her hand at her bedside and kissing her goodbye, together with Mary's beloved children.

Mary had a gracious, generous spirit, always reaching out to all who entered her path. Farewell to Mary, Mother, PawPaw, Grandma, Nana, Auntie Mary, and Mrs. Curtis; we will see you soon.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, loving husband Carlton, three brothers, second husband, and great, great grandson, Connor. She is survived by her son, Carlton D. Yarbrough, Jr. and wife, Sandra; daughter, Carolyn Sue Williams and husband, Dick; daughter, Mary Linda Tarnawa and husband, Ron; honorary daughter, Judy Pinckard; sister, Lorene Carrington Clute; eight grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; five great, great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

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3125 N Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78705
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