Elizabeth Ann (Betty Ann) Curtin, formerly of West Chester, PA, and the wife of the late James (Jim) B. Curtin, passed away Saturday April 15, 2023, at MorningStar Memory Care at Bear Creek in Colorado Springs. She was 77 years old.
Born September 10, 1945, in Audubon, NJ, Betty Ann was the daughter of the late Alvin E. and Regina A. Boyle Harris. She grew up in Upper Darby, PA, and graduated from Archbishop Prendergast High School in 1963. Betty Ann worked as a secretary after graduating and met her future husband down the shore. She and Jim were married on September 12, 1970.
Betty Ann was a devoted wife to her husband and found complete fulfillment as a mother to her three children. As Jim’s career transferred them back and forth from Los Angeles, CA, to Plano, TX, multiple times, Betty Ann embraced being the ultimate “Kool Aid mom” to the neighborhood kids and developed a new passion for designing the family homes in Texas.
While Betty Ann was quick to make friends wherever she lived, it was the very special friendship she had with her grade school girlfriends that endured a lifetime. She was also blessed to have a unique bond with the wives of Jim’s childhood friends. It was this “crowd” of friends that accompanied Betty Ann and Jim on numerous vacations in Sea Isle City, NJ, and later to Europe, Florida and wherever life took them.
The final move of Jim’s career took Betty Ann to Brisbane, Australia, where she discovered a love of world travel. With her children now grown, Betty Ann took full advantage of the opportunities Australia brought: scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef, visiting Ayer’s Rock in the middle of the Australian Outback and hitting the slots in Treasury Casino.
While Betty Ann relished her role as a mom, she found an entirely new joy in becoming a grandmother. Her granddaughters, Alex and Samantha, were denied nothing by their Bunny and Jim. As they grew up in Brussels, Belgium, Betty Ann became a fixture at their village preschool. She was with her babies for every single milestone, accompanied them on almost every overseas trip, and made Santa Claus’ job practically obsolete.
Betty Ann’s last chapter was spent traveling the world in pure Betty Ann style. With her original wingman, her son-in-law John, along with her daughter and granddaughters, she exploredthe Golden Triangle of India, the rivers of Brunei and the falls of Iguazu. But her taste for exploration was not finished by any means. With her new wingman, Cousin Jayne, she traversed six continents exploring the temples of Angkor Wat, walking the ruins of Machu Picchu and observing the wildlife of the Serengeti.
Betty Ann was preceded in death by her loving husband Jim Curtin, parents Alvin and Regina Harris, and her beloved daughter Suzie Curtin. She is survived by her daughter Shannon Lombardi (John), son Jimmy Curtin, grandchildren Alex and Samantha Lombardi, and siblings: Al Harris (Nancy), Dave Harris (Jodi), Bob Harris (Jeannie), Jeannie Bliss (Dave) and Joe Harris (Jeannette).
Relatives and friends are invited to her Visitation on Saturday April 22, 2023, at 11:00 am - 11:45 am at St. Agnes Church, followed by her Funeral Mass at 12:00 pm.
Interment will be held at St. Agnes Cemetery West Chester PA.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association
Arrangements by DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc. of West Chester, PA 610-696-1181 www.DellaFH.com
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