unknown - September 8, 2013
Norma Betsy Danforth Curtis left this earth on Sept. 8, 2013, for her journey to the Lord’s light. She was an exceptional mother, sister, friend, aunt and grandmother. She touched so many people throughout her life, which was evident in the outpouring of love over the past two weeks. Born to John and Mildred Danforth on Oct. 16, 1936 from Camillus, she graduated from the nursing program in Syracuse General Hospital and later received a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University.
She married and then moved to Las Vegas where she raised her four children and worked at various hospitals as night supervisor, charge nurse, emergency room and obstetrics and gynecology. In 1983 she moved back to Skaneateles, which became her “base” for the next 30 years. She combined traveling and work whenever possible. Going to Saudi Arabia for two years as a traveling Nurse, working for American Hawaii Cruises as the onboard Nurse, she was always up for anything. The last 12 years of “retirement” were filled with many trips to see her children and grandchildren: Mahalee Lacassagne - Raleigh, NC, Owen, Nora and Lily Curtis -Daniels Island, SC (formerly Baltimore, MD), Gentry and Grady Curtis – Overland Park, KS (formerly Memphis, TN).
Her true enjoyment was being at the Lake House in Skaneateles from April – October (weather permitting) and preparing for the summer months with her children and grandchildren.
Besides her grandchildren she is survived by her sons and their spouses: Mark and Mary Curtis, Jack and Jessica Curtis, Bill and Rachel Curtis, daughter and her spouse Lori and Lil Lacassagne, her brother Bill Danforth and sister Ginny (and John) Shaffran, sister-in-law Jan Danforth, Aunt Jean Gutbrodt and many cousins.
She was pre-deceased by her brother John Danforth and sister in law Sissy Danforth. The special bond she had with her long childhood and nursing friends will always be remembered.
Her body is being donated to the Rochester Medical School. (A svelte 114lbs is what we are going with – that was always her goal weight!) Mass dedicated to her: 8:15 a.m. Monday, Sept. 30, at St. Mary's on the Lake in Skaneateles.
In the true Norma fashion a “Norma/Nana Fest” will be taking place in 2014 – date, time and location to be announced. For the celebration of her life and all that she had to offer to those of us fortunate to have known such a straightforward, caring and outstanding person. In lieu of flowers the family asks a donation to the charity of your choice or a donation of blood or platelets to the American Red Cross. She will be missed tremendously but her spirit has been passed on to her grandchildren and we know she will be looking down upon us and smiling.