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Curtis, Rosemary Bobo

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July 22, 1941 - January 19, 2018

Curtis, Rosemary Bobo

Rosemary Bobo Curtis died peacefully on January 19, 2018.  She was loved and respected by so many family and friends for her unwavering kindness, generosity, and enthusiastic passion for others.  Rosemary was born in Shelbyville, TN, on July 22, 1941, to Mr. Sam Bobo and Mrs. Isabelle Nash Bobo.  She attended Central High School in Shelbyville and studied Education at Transylvania University in Kentucky.  It was while at Transylvania that Rosemary spent a year abroad at the Institute of the Americas in Aix-en-Provence, France, a joyful experience that she recounted often.  Following college, Rosemary moved to Dallas to complete a graduate degree in Education from Southern Methodist University.  While she remained in Dallas for the rest of her life, her Tennessee roots were strong, and they pulled her back often to see family and friends and to enjoy the beautiful Tennessee countryside.  In 1967, while at a St. Patrick’s Day party in Dallas, Rosemary met the love of her life Dave Curtis whom she married in 1968.  They enjoyed a happy 49-year marriage before Dave passed away in June, 2017.

Rosemary was passionate about so many things, and it was to these passions that she gave her total devotion.  She was a grade school teacher for more than 30 years, primarily at Good Shepherd Episcopal School.  She continued teaching, even in retirement, as a volunteer at Vickery Meadow Learning Center teaching ESL; as a tutor and mentor at McShan Elementary School; and as a reader, teacher, and board member at Mi Escuelita Preschool.  Rosemary was passionate about volunteering and spent countless hours serving others, whether through organized activities or on her own by simply taking meals to those in need or visiting home-bound friends.  She was recently recognized as a 2017 Volunteer of the Year by Dallas area Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation and was awarded Volunteer of the Year at Mi Escuelita in 2010.  Rosemary loved Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church and was a devoted member for 48 years.  During that time, she served in a variety of church programs and leadership positions and embraced her role as an advocate for Christian love and service.  Rosemary and Dave were International Friendship Partners at SMU for more than 25 years, serving as a host family to innumerable foreign students.  Many of those students became family members, and they and their children brought her incredible joy.  Above all else, the foundation of her many passions was her family.  Rosemary was deeply devoted to them (near and far) and loved being a wife, mother, and grandmother.

Rosemary is survived by her son Col. Sam Curtis, wife Anne Curtis, and sons David, John, and Otto William; her daughter Dr. Somer Curtis; her sister Dr. Judy Wood, husband Dr. Chad Wood, and daughter Dr. Carrie Waller; her sister Jeannie Stevens, husband Dr. Russ Stevens, and daughters Rachel Hulan and Dawn Pickett; her cousin Nancy Poston, husband James Poston; her cousin Janey Nash, daughters Anne Killebrew and Elizabeth Mooney.  She leaves behind countless other valued family and friends who were touched dearly by her life.

The memorial service for Rosemary will be at 2:00 p.m. on January 26, 2018, at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund at or to the Medical Benevolence Foundation at

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Mary Beth Jones

January 25, 2018 10:40AM

I knew Rosemary through my years of teaching at Good Shepherd school. She was the best of teachers -kind, considerate and knowledgable. Although I was on the first floor and she was on the second, we would meet quite often. She is a very special person and I will miss her. Rosemary will always be our guiding light.
Sincerely, Mary Beth Jones

Mary Beth Parker

January 24, 2018 11:06PM

Rosemary was such a wonderful person and a true Christian in every way. She was a guiding light and a dear friend. I will miss her pretty smile and sweet hugs so much. My sincere sympathy -

Diane Nelson

January 23, 2018 6:54PM

You will be missed by many. I admired you as a friend and as a wonderful teacher. I will never forget all of our good times at Good Shepherd.
Fondly, Diane Nelson Hurst

Sandy Dehn

January 22, 2018 1:54PM

Somer & Sam, I knew both your parents well. I am so saddened by Rosemary's sudden death. Her cheerfulness will be missed. Prayers for her entire family.

Rita Harper

January 22, 2018 10:20AM

Oh, "Rosie"--how devestated we all are at the LOSS of YOU in this life. We thank God for you & all you contributed to your family, your friends, students, church & city. None of us will be the same without you, yet we are all better from having known you. Thanks you! Godspeed my dear friend of 50+ years--I'll see you later. Love, Rita (&Joe)

Joan Scott Curtis

January 21, 2018 5:51PM

Somer and Sam and Family, My heart is broken for all of you as you grieve the loss of your mother. She was one of the finest people I have ever known. She was my Jenny's angel teacher the year Dennis died, and I will always remember her kindnesses. I cannot be there Friday, but please know my thoughts are will you all, and I will be forever grateful I knew your mother.

Dr. and Mrs. David Ostrow

January 21, 2018 3:29PM

With profound sorrow on the death of Rosemary, one of the sweetest woman we've known.

Carol and Chris Lander

January 21, 2018 11:24AM

We are so sorry to hear about the sudden passing of Rosemary. Our prayers are with her family, friends and loved ones.

Renie Randall

January 21, 2018 11:10AM

I will miss Rosemary . She was a kind person and I always enjoyed seeing her at church. She was very encouraging when I adopted my son and always came up to me and asked how he was doing . Blessing to your family . She will be missed

Susan roach

January 21, 2018 10:28AM

Rosemary was a faith-filled servant of our Lord. She will be missed by so many.

Barbara and Jeff Wheeler

January 21, 2018 9:46AM

Dear Somer, Sam, Ann, grandchildren,

Such a loss to endure; we are so sorry. What a true lady Rosemary was. Our visits/gatherings were always delightful. We hope for comfort and peace in your healing process.

Barbara and Jeff Wheeler

Mary Darelius

January 21, 2018 8:34AM

To Rosemary's family,
I have so many fond memories of our times together. Rosemary always had fun and different places to visit. She will be terribly missed. She was a dear friend.