In lieu of flowers, memorial donations
Obituary of Agnes Rarity Curtis
Agnes Rarity Curtis died July 16, 2018 at Newport Hospital. She was the daughter of the late Madeline B. Rarity (Newman) and David Rarity. Born in White Plains, NY on May 18, 1935, she lived in Newport from an early age, after marriage lived in Trenton, NJ until returning to Newport in 1968 before finally landing in Jamestown in 1996. She was the wife of Alexander R. Curtis for 61 years. Mrs. Curtis graduated from Rogers High School in 1952.
A registered nurse, she graduated from Newport Hospital School of Nursing in 1955, later graduating from Salve Regina University with a bachelor and master degrees (1975 & 1979). Agnes was a past, active PTA member and a 50-year member of the Newport Country League of Women Voters. She was a member of the Newport Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Association, an original member of the Brenton State Park Advisory Committee and member of The Beavertail State Park Advisory Committee. She began her nursing career as a pediatric nurse, later served as a nurse for six years at Newport County Project Head Start and in 1977 was the Founding Director of The Young Parents Program until retiring in 2001.
Agnes is survived by her husband, her two daughters Lauren Curtis of Milford, CT, Madeline Turano and husband Dennis of Middletown, RI, son-in-law Gerald Foley of Newport, RI, her two sisters Lillian Hargrove of Newport, RI, Josephine Battaglia of State College, PA, her brother David Rarity of Alexandria, VA. She is also survived by 4 grandchildren, Jeffrey Curtis and wife Cheryl of Needham, MA, Jill Angeles and husband Val of San Marcos, CA, Cassondra Turano of Middletown, RI and Dennis Turano of Stanford, CT. She also leaves behind 6 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Agnes is preceded in death by her daughter Jenifer Foley.
The Curtis family would like to thank Visiting Nurse Home & Hospice for their care of Agnes over the years, especially Jane, Julie, Cathleen, Marlene, Rhonda & Wendy.
Calling hours will be held Friday, July 20, 2018 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at O’Neill-Hayes Funeral Home, 465 Spring Street in Newport, RI. The funeral will be held at Emmanuel Church, corner of Dearborn and Spring Streets on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 10 a.m. with a burial service to follow at Island Cemetery (30 Warner Street, Newport).
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Visiting Nurse Home & Hospice, 1184 East Main Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871. www.visitingnursehh.org
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