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Doris Jean Curtis


Doris Jean Curtis, 88, of Gerald, MO passed away on July 29, 2023 at Frene Valley Nursing Home in Owensville, MO.  Doris was born on August 7, 1934 in Chicago, IL to LeRoy and Dorothy Lucille (nee Earney) Hoblit.

Doris had a diverse work history including Caterpillar Tractor company in East Peoria, IL; Arlans department store manager in Peoria, IL as well as the owner and manager of several general stores and restaurants/bars in Iron Mountain Lake and Black, MO.  She was also the owner of a florist shop in Ironton, MO and Butterfield’s Flowers in Farmington, MO.  After moving to the Rosebud, MO area, she owned and managed several antique shops.  She was a small business entrepreneur who possessed a keen sense for business combined with a dedication to hard work.

She was proceeded in death by her husband, James Curtis, parents, son, Lee Curtis, daughter, Sandra Lafollette, and granddaughter, Jamie Curtis Murphy.

Surviving are children Susan (Steve) Johnson of Gerald MO; Michael (Lisa) Crum of Kimberling City, MO; James (Barbara) Curtis of Belleville, IL; and Damon (Lynn) Curtis of Bremerton, WA; seven grandchildren, Steven Johnson, Adam Johnson, Deama Helms, Jacob Curtis, Christina Curtis, Joseph Curtis, and Crystal Curtis; 10 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and a special son-in-law, Stan Lafollette of Doe Run, MO.

Interment will be in the Arcadia Valley Memorial Park cemetery in Arcadia, MO with a graveside service on August 30th at 1PM.  Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans organization.

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