Lemley Chapel
Serving Sedro-Woolley &
All of Skagit County Since 1935
1008 Third Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA
Olive Rosalind Curtis Memorial
Olive Rosalind Curtis Memorial

Olive Rosalind Curtis

Olive Rosalind Curtis

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Olive Rosalind Curtis, 91, of Bellingham, passed away on April 7, 2017, while residing at Rosewood Villa.

Olive was born in Straiton, BC, Canada to Charles and Stella Keeping.  She had three siblings, Allen, Nellie, and Maxine.

Olive met a dashing American, Norm Curtis, while in high school and they married four years later in 1945.  Norm and Olive had 73 years together enjoying a big life:  farming, gardening, sewing, cooking, raising three kids, teaching school, having adventures, enjoying many grandkids, great-grands, family and friends.

Olive is survived by Norman; daughters, Pat (Mike) Cassal, Leora (Gary) Willis, and son, Lawson (Val) Curtis who all live nearby.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday April 15, 11:00 at Lemley Chapel, 1008 Third St., Sedro-Woolley, followed by lunch and togetherness at the Sedro-Woolley Community Center. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Whatcom Hospice House, 2800 Douglas Ave., Bellingham, WA  98225.


  • Patti Dore

    I first met Olive in early 1980. I’ll never forget the first lunch I had with Olive on the deck of her and Norm’s beautiful home. Salmon, herbal salad from her garden and homemade bread. From then I continued to learn about gardening, cooking, baking and quilting from Olive. To this day I incorporate all those things into my life. Olive often held university classes at her home. We learned about and practiced a variety of arts and crafts. Her classes included warm camaraderie and lunch was always comprised of foods grown and prepared by Olive and Norm. Olive’s influence spread far and wide. She was a fabulous teacher and gracious mentor.

  • Susan Finsrud

    Olive was my teacher, a mentor, a friend and an inspiration. She believed in me and encouraged me to go beyond Whatcom County and take opportunities to enrich my life. On several trips to B.C. with Norm and Olive, I got to see places important to her and meet the relatives. I enjoyed visiting Norm and Olive and will always think of them when I see a beautiful rose garden and vegetable garden.
    I love her family and will always be grateful for knowing the Curtis family.

  • Sue Tucker

    I hope the cooks and seamsters in heaven are ready. She will brook no laziness. She will be missed. I still use many of the things she taught me in home ec. Prayers to all her family…
    Susan Heeadlee Tucker