Marilyn Ann (O'Brien) Curtis, 82, of Avon, beloved wife of Raymond A. Curtis, died Thursday, October 11, 2012. Born on September 11, 1930 in Decatur, IL, daughter of the late Earl B. and Beulah (Elliott) O'Brien, Marilyn lived in Los Angeles for 45 years before moving to Avon in 2010.
She attended James Millikin University in Decatur, IL where she was president of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and the Sigma Alpha Iota music sorority. While at Millikin, Marilyn majored in vocal performance and elementary education. She became a first grade school teacher and later worked in the family retail music business in Illinois and Indiana.
Marilyn later worked for many years as the office manager for a Los Angeles-based real estate development company. She was an accomplished vocalist and led the children's choir at First Presbyterian Church in Decatur, IL. Marilyn was married to Richard Cruise from 1950-1968. She married Raymond Curtis in 1975. Until moving to Connecticut, Marilyn and Raymond lived together in Lakeview Terrace and Indian Wells, CA, where they enjoyed many blissful years together.
She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Raymond, her beloved daughter Carin Cruise-Roos and her husband Norman H. Roos of Avon; grandchildren Matthew S. Hoffman and his wife Monica B. Hoffman of West Hartford, Jonathan T. Hoffman and his fiancé Megan E. Drahos of Hoboken, NJ, and Michael J. Roos of New York, NY; step grandchildren Karen G. Roos of Durham, NC and Lisa M. Roos of West Hollywood, CA; a great-granddaughter Emma Rose Hoffman, a step-daughter Dorothy Chapman, a step-grandson, Bill Curtis of Vista, CA, a sister Carolyn Garriott, and a niece Renee Hunt of Decatur, IL.