Dorothy Amanda Fox Curtis
August 24, 1912 - September 15, 2017
Dorothy Fox Curtis
Dorothy Amanda Fox Curtis, 105, of Utica, MS, passed away peacefully on September 15, 2017. A funeral service will be held at 11AM on Monday, September 18, at the Utica Baptist Church. Visitation starts at 10AM prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the Utica Cemetery Utica immediately following the service.
Dorothy was born on August 24, 1912, in Winona, MS, to the late Dolly Lee Bishop Fox and Shirley Austin Fox. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death her husband, Edwin Tatum Curtis; daughter Carolyn Curtis Harris; and sister, Louise Fox Armstrong.
She is survived by her daughters Dot (Jerry) Hutchinson of Clinton, MS, and Helen Fleming of Baton Rouge, LA; four grandchildren, Chad (Collin) Hutchinson of Madison, MS, Homer (Leslie) Harris of Plano TX, Amanda (Doug) Elliott of Plano, TX, and Patrick Fleming of Baton Rouge, LA; seven great-grandchildren, Murray, Ann Travis, and Warren Hutchinson of Madison, MS; Dr. Jessica Harris (Dr. Tyler) Hughes of San Antonio, TX, Keith (Emily) Harris of West Lafayette, IN, Michael (Raquel) Harris of Plano, TX, Michael Boutsen of Plano, TX, and nephew, John (Mary) Armstrong of Inverness, FL.
Dorothy was a graduate of Winona High School in the class of 1930. She took her first job as a telegraph operator for the Illinois Central Railroad in Winona. It was in Winona where she discovered her love for music and developed her talent for playing piano. Dorothy was always very generous in giving of her time to share her musical talent with so many people on different occasions. She served faithfully as a pianist for the Utica Baptist Church for more than 30 years. One of her favorite hymns was, “Have Thine Own Way, Lord,” which reflects the scripture found in Isaiah 64:8 (ESV). “But now, O lord, you are our father; we are the clay, and you are our potter we are all the work of your hand.” She applied this to her daily life. Her sweet and gentle spirit was a reflection of the Christian life she lived and she has been an inspiration to her family and all who knew her. Until the time of her death, Dorothy held honor of being the oldest living member of the Utica Baptist Church. She also served for many years as a volunteer at the Palette Café at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson by providing piano music to the patrons.
Dorothy lived in Utica most if her married life. She worked for Minerals Management, Inc. in Jackson for over 30 years commuting each day. She enjoyed shopping with her three daughters, traveling and reading. She loved sewing for her girls and was an excellent cook. She could often be found reading in her sunroom with a dictionary by her side and her Bible within an arm’s reach. But, her greatest joys were her Church, her music and spending time with her family.
Dorothy moved from Utica to Brookdale Senior Living in Clinton, formerly Emeritus at Trace Pointe, and resided there until her death. “Mamma” as she was lovingly called by her family, will be remembered for her soft-spoken words of encouragement, her many acts of kindness and her devotion to her church and to her family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Utica Baptist Church, P.O. Box 205, Utica, MS 39175.