- Surrounded by loving family, Joyce (Merrithew) Curtis died at her home on Monday, January 16th 2017, at the age of ninety-two. She was born March 27, 1924, in Morrill, Maine, the daughter of Lester H. and Bertha (Jackson) Merrithew. She graduated from Crosby High School in 1942 and went to work as a teller at First National Bank in Belfast. Many of her classmates were drafted or had enlisted in the armed service right after high school, including her future husband, Ted Curtis. Joyce and Ted were married on December 30, 1945, one week after he returned to Belfast from the war.
A faithful member of St. Margaret's Church, Joyce is survived by her husband of seventy-one years, Theodore Wood Curtis, Jr., and five children---Lynne and Edward Caswell of Topsham, Randall and Jacqueline Curtis of Belfast, Anne Walker of Northport, Nathan Curtis and Debbie Middleswart of Searsport, and Laurie and Steven Johnson of Swanville. Her grandchildren are Emily Caswell and Ossian Riday of Topsham, Judson and Marsene Caswell of Brunswick, Amanda Curtis and her friend Elmer Deans of Morrill, Joanne and Aaron Dashiell of Worcester, MA, Megan Walker and Tyson Law of Freeville, N.Y., Laura and Matthew Brennick of Northport, Hannah Curtis and Jared DeSimio of Brunswick, Audra Anne Curtis and Alexander Sandy of NYC, Steven Johnson and Ashley Offret of Salem, MA, and Jesse and Sandra Johnson of Northport. Joyce also has fourteen great-grandchildren--Bronwyn and Tristan Caswell-Riday, Eleanor and Gemma Caswell, Grace and Curtis Littlefield, Theodore and Myles Dashiell, Oscar and Percy Law, Emmaline and Vincent Brennick, and Olive and Aster DeSimio.
Joyce was predeceased by one grandchild, Ned Walker, and by both of her brothers--Scott Merrithew of Belfast and Dale Merrithew of Morrill.
Years ago Joyce said that she wanted "Mother of Five" placed on her gravestone, which clearly shows her lifelong devotion to family. Grandchildren were joyfully welcomed and cherished, and she took delight in the arrival of each great-grandchild. Family and friends knew that Joyce was a writer, a person who kept a journal from her early teen years. She wrote many letters, kept in touch with her large family. She was an avid reader and a "word person" who excelled when playing Scrabble, much enjoyed the game, and usually won!
The family is grateful for the loving care provided in the last year of their mother's life by Diana, Tammy, Lori, and Judy. Their gentle presence in her life brought comfort.
A memorial service has not yet been scheduled. At a later date the family will hold a celebration of her life. We would do well to remember Joyce's favorite quote and best advice-- "It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice."
Arrangements under the direction of Young Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Searsport.
Published on  January 21, 2017