The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 17, 2014

Joyce LaRue (Taylor) Curttright

Published 3-18-14


Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Joyce LaRue (Taylor) Curttright, 81, went to her heavenly home on Sunday, March 16, 2014, in Enid, Okla.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at Emmanuel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Wade Burleson officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home.       

Joyce was born July 23, 1932, in Houston, Texas, to Nona J. (Furrer) Taylor and Joseph Taylor. She grew up in the Houston, Texas, area.

While living there, she met and married Robert “Bob” Curttright. They moved to Oklahoma City soon thereafter. They had three boys and in 1963, made their family home in Piedmont, Okla.

Joyce and Bob started CurtLine Draperies and ran it together for 36 years in the Oklahoma City area. The business was a huge success and they were well known by builders, decorators and homeowners all over Oklahoma City for their beautiful drapery work. Many of their custom-made draperies are still hanging today in homes across the city.

Bob preceded her in death in 2000.

In June 2008, Joyce moved to Enid, Okla.

Joyce loved her three sons and five grandsons more than anything else on this earth.

She and Bob raised their three boys on Northwood Lake in Piedmont, Okla. When the boys were little, she would come home from work and take them out in their little boat and pull them skiing around the lake for hours on end. The family spent many weekends at Lake Tenkiller skiing, fishing and exploring the lake.

Joyce never missed one of her son’s basketball or baseball games, and she was definitely the loudest mom in the cheering section. Every fellow parent and coach knew Joyce. She was involved of every aspect of her boy’s lives, making sure they “toed the line” at all times. She pushed them hard to ensure that they grew up to be respectful and successful men, husbands and fathers.

When her grandsons came along, Joyce became the ultimate “Nan” who loved to keep and care for her “boys.” These five boys loved to go to Nanny and PaPa’s house. Joyce wouldn’t think twice about cooking up some pancakes and bacon for them any time of day or night. Her grandsons meant the world to her, and caring for them gave her joy unmeasured.  Most of them spent a lot of time in Joyce’s care, while their moms and dads went to work.

Joyce especially loved holidays, especially Christmas Eve. Every year, she would spend days making a huge Christmas Eve dinner (the same exact foods, every single time, as ordered by her “boys”). Her favorite part of the night would be when she would call the grandsons into her big living room, and she would watch them open up their huge pile of presents she had carefully picked out for them. There were often non-family members in attendance on these nights — young people she had met or long-lost friends’ kids that Joyce had “adopted” into the Curttright family.

Joyce always had cold milk in her refrigerator, her big car gassed up for adventures to Toys “R” Us and a stash of movies ready to pop in the VCR. Joyce also loved watching Elvis and John Wayne movies, reading cheap novels, going out to eat, driving her big Lincolns very fast, going to the movies and most of all, having all her grandsons at her house for the weekend. She was a fierce and loyal friend, a devoted Mom, a loving mother-in-law and, especially, a wonderful “Nan.” We will all miss her phone calls that always started with the happy greeting of “Hi honey!”  

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert “Bob” Curttright; her beloved grandson, Kraig Bartley Curttright; and her brother, Walter Taylor.

She is survived by one brother, Jordan Taylor of Conroe, Texas, and one sister, Velma Henry of Houston, Texas.   

Joyce also is survived by three sons and their wives, David Allen Curttright (Melissa), Kevin Lee Curttright (Shelly) and Guy Bartley Curttright (Stacy); four grandsons, Derek Curttright, Taylor Curttright, Karson Curttright (Sara), and Dillon Curttright; her two beautiful great-granddaughters, McKartney and Berlyn Curttright; numerous nieces, nephews and many special long-time friends, who will all miss her dearly.  

In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation for Alzheimer’s research, with Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home serving as custodian of the funds. All contributions to this group stay locally in Oklahoma for research.

Condolences may be made online, and the service may be viewed online for those unable to attend the service at www.ladusauevans.com.

(Submitted by family)