2010-01-21 / Obituaries

CURTIS SMITH SPAIN

OCToBER 20, 1925 – JANUARY 14, 2010

Curtis Smith Spain of Mahopac, New York, died on January 14, 2010, after a brief illness. She was 84 years old. She was born on October 20, 1925, to Charles Compton Smith and Consuelo Curtis Bass in Stamford, Connecticut.

She is survived by her husband, William, and seven children: Sharon (Doug) Rodda, William (Regina), Compton (Catherine), Michael (Trish), Kathryn (Brian) Miles, Jeffrey (Michele), and Christina and ten grandchildren. She is predeceased by her brother Lt. C. Compton Smith Jr., a U.S. Army Air Corps pilot killed in 1944.

Mrs. Spain grew up on military bases around the country and graduated from Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio, Texas, where she was a cheerleader and voted class president and most popular girl.

After high school, she attended and graduated from Gulf Park Junior College in Gulfport, Mississippi. She would often tell of her experiences living in the South in the time of segregation.

Her family maintained a summer home on Horsepound Road in Kent, where she spent most summers with her numerous cousins. Mrs. Spain was equally comfortable at a formal ball or handling her .20 gauge shotgun, which was left to a son. She learned to fly a Piper Cub airplane as a teenager and later worked as a flight attendant for Trans World Airlines on Douglas DC3s as the nation's commercial aviation just began. She met William D. Spain at a dance at the Mahopac Golf Club and they married in 1948. They have resided in Mahopac since that time.

She was active in many local organizations including the Lake Mahopac Garden Club, the Service Club, and the Mahopac Hospital. Mrs. Spain enjoyed her family, and especially enjoyed their summer vacations at Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.

She also was accomplished at horseback riding, tennis, and golf. She liked to walk on the Putnam Bike Trail regularly with family and friends.

Over the last twenty years, she and her husband spent time in Naples, Florida, and were often visited there by family members. The family plans a private service.

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