Marietta 'Etta' Joan Peterson-Curtis

Posted: Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Lifelong Alaska resident Mrs. Marietta "Etta" Joan Peterson-Curtis, 72, died Monday, Feb. 1, 2010, at her home in Soldotna from lung cancer with her family by her side.

A celebration of life and gathering will be held 2 from 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Tyotkas Elders Center, 1000 Mission Avenue, in Old Town Kenai.

Mrs. Peterson-Curtis was born in Dillingham on Nov. 18, 1937, to Bessie and Fred "Pinky" Peterson. Her family moved to Anchorage in 1942 because food and fuel supplies were short in the villages during World War II.

She married the "love of her life" David Curtis on Nov. 22, 1954.

"It seemed that she was born to be a wife and mother to three. She made the home feel secure and she labored to make things special for her family and friends. She loved to cuddle and hold hands with her husband. They were always like newlyweds," her family said. "They enjoyed flying to remote fishing places together. Her children knew what childhood dreams were made of. All those who loved her have many happy memories of her laugh - it was contagious and made the world go round."

She loved being with family and friends, the family cabin, bird-watching and gardening.

"She felt a house wasn't a home without love, pictures and house plants. Fishing was her delight," her family said. "Her most recent fishing adventure involved reeling in a 100 pound sailfish in October of 2009, at the age of 71 by herself. Her ultimate fishing passion was for silver salmon on the Kenai River."

She was a long-term bowler. She was inducted to the Soldotna/Kenai Woman's Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 2009 for her years of service. She also was a member of the Soldotna Six-Pack, a women's recreational sport-fishing group, avid fisherwomen fishing the Kenai River, Valdez and Mexico, the Red Hats and Hot Flashes Society, a RHS group that met in Soldotna and was a participating member of CIRI.

She is survived by her husband, David Curtis, of 55 years; daughters, Diana Cuthbert and her husband, Ron, Elizabeth Edelman and her husband, Duane; son, David Curtis; grandchildren, Anna Nelson, Steffen Schultz, John Schultz, Donald Schultz, Jeremiah Black, Mary Pauline Porritt, David Black, Harriet Edelman, Aileen Curtis and Michael Curtis; great-grand-children, Andrew, Elizabeth, Keagan and Peyton; brother, Clyde Peterson; sister-in-laws, Nancy Fithugh and MaryAnn Curtis; and many step-children, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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