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Elizabeth Brandt Curtice 1846-1919


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 9/19/2010 at 22:40:38

Mrs. Elizabeth Curtice Passed Away Monday
A Resident of Estherville for Eight Years – Made Her Home With Her Daughter

Just as evening shadows were stealing over the city last Monday evening, the spirit of Mrs. Elizabeth Curtice passed out into the Great Beyond to be at rest with Him Who doeth all things well. Mrs. Curtice had been in poor health for some time preceding her death and the end was not unexpected. She had been a resident of Estherville for eight years, making her home the last few years with her daughter, Mrs. Wm. Ralston. She made many friend in this city by her sweet disposition and cheery words, and her death will be sincerely mourned by all who knew her.

Elizabeth Brandt was born in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, on December 18th, 1846. When a very small child she moved with her parents to Maryland where they reside until 1859. They then moved to Polo, Illinois, where on July 4th, 1863, she was united in marriage to Wm. Curtice. Soon after the marriage they moved to Tama county, Iowa, where they made their home until 1900, when they moved to Blue Island, Illinois. They moved from that place to Estherville in 1911.

She united with the Methodist church soon after moving to Iowa, and always maintained a faithful and steadfast member until the day of her death. She was active in the affairs of the church and while she has not been able to attend regularly of late years, her heart was always in the work. Her husband and one son were awaiting her in that better land. She leaves three children, M. L. Curtice, of Marshalltown, Iowa; A. E. Curtice, of Blue Island, Illinois; and Mrs. Wm. Ralston, of this city.

Funeral services will be held from the Methodist church tomorrow morning at ten o’clock. Burial will be in the Oak Hill cemetery. The many friend of the Ralston family extend their deepest sympathy in this hour of sorrow. Mother has gone, but she is waiting for the loved ones on that beautiful shore, and will welcome them when their life work is ended. She lived her life for the betterment of the world and she has only gone to receive her reward. (Estherville Democrat, Estherville, IA, February 19, 1919)

Elizabeth Brandt was born at Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, Dec. 18, 1846. The family moved to Maryland when she was very young and lived there until 1859 when they removed to Polo, Ill., where she was united in marriage to William Curtice July 4, 1863. Four children were born to them, three of whom are left to mourn the passing of a loving Christian mother: M. L. Curtice of Marshalltown, Iowa; A. E. Curtice of Blue Island, Ill., and Mrs. Wm. Ralston of Estherville, Iowa; the husband and the oldest son Walter having preceded her in death. The family moved to Tama County, Iowa, in1873, where they lived until 1909 when Mr. and Mrs. Curtice moved to Blue Island, Ill., where they resided until the deceased came to this city less than eight years ago.

She has been a Methodist for about forty years, always attending the services when able to and taking a great interest in all church activities. It was said of her that when “Grandma Curtice is not at church, she is sick.”

Her illness was Bright’s disease and dropsy but she was able to be about until a few days before her death. She was willing to go to meet her Master and the many loved ones on the other shore. She has lived a life of usefulness and unselfishness and has fully earned the commendation, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” She departed this life Feb. 17, at the home of her daughter. Funeral services will be at the M.E. church Thursday, Feb. 20, at 10 o’clock, Rev. Torbet officiating. Burial at Oak Hill cemetery. (Estherville Enterprise, Estherville, IA, February 19, 1919)


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