DeLoris Stone Curtis died peacefully in her home on April 29, 2020 after a courageous battle with Cancer. Consider yourself lucky if you knew DeLoris. A lifelong Southbury resident, she had many passions including; travel, her position at the Town of Southbury Planning Administration, and above all else she enjoyed spending time with her friends and family.
She kept the family bound together like a spool of yarn - never letting us unravel or grow too far apart regardless of what life brought each of us individually. Each year she asked her family to block out at least one week on their calendar for an annual family vacation, destination unknown. She loved the element of surprise; she would give hints to get everyone excited about their next adventure. Her criteria for determining the next locale was simple, it would have to be a place that nobody in the family had previously traveled and it had to have water nearby. With her children and grandchildren, she traveled the world exploring places that only she could find; usually including a natural hot spring or two. As recently as last July, she went white water rafting with her family on the Snake River in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
She took great pride in how Southbury got developed for future generations. She spent 40 years working for the Town of Southbury in various roles, most recently as the Certified AICP Planning Administrator. She could tell you about the zoning of every plot of land in the town, who owned it, and about the history of each parcel. During her lifetime, she saw route 84 cut through the town of Southbury, and the development of both Heritage Village, and IBM. The next time you take a walk down Main Street, look at the beautiful trees, flowers and sidewalk; think of her. This streetscape is where her dedication and steadfast desire has come to life.
She is predeceased by her parents; Harvey and Loris Stone of Southbury, her husband Burritt Curtis of 51 years, her son Jeffrey and her daughter Kimberlee. She leaves behind her son Matthew Curtis, his wife Christine, and their children Sarah and Patrick Curtis of Southbury; daughters Kathleen Curtis of Columbia, MD, and Kristen Curtis of St. Pete Beach, FL. She also leaves behind her brother Harry H. Stone II and his wife Karen of Southbury, her sister Loreen and her husband Howard Dunn of Englewood, FL, her nephew Harry H. Stone III, his wife Jennifer and their daughter Tess Stone, her nephew Jeremy Stone, his wife Dorothy, and their sons Hunter and Chase Stone of Southbury, a sister-in-law Martha Curtis of Brookline, MA, her best friend of more than 70 years Nancy Metcalf of Roxbury, CT, and many more amazing, lifelong friends. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to: American SIDS Institute (www.SIDS.org) or to the Southbury Land Trust. (www.southburylandtrust.org)
DeLoris will be remembered for her unwavering commitment to family, friends and her beloved Southbury. DeLoris’ spirit will live on in the lives of all who knew her. She will be dearly missed. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions there will be a private burial. A memorial gathering will be planned for a later date. To leave an online condolence please visit www.munsonloveterefuneralhome.com.
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