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Nancy Jane Curtis

11/26/1934 - 05/27/2017
Service Date: 06/03/2017
Service Time: 1:00 PM
Service Location: the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mountain Vista Ward, 10305 E. Southern Avenue, Mesa, Arizona 85208

Nancy Jane Grasmoen Curtis, age 82, of Mesa, Arizona and formerly of Safford, quietly passed away at Lund Home Hospice of the Valley, in Gilbert on Saturday, May 27th, surrounded by her loving children.

Nancy was born on November 26, 1934 in Loma Linda, California to Otto and Cora Baker Grasmoen. Nancy spent her younger years in San Bernadino, California and then moving to Flagstaff in 1946 and lived at the Snowbowl, which her family owned and operated. Later she moved to McNary, Arizona where she graduated as valedictorian.

 Nancy attended Eastern Arizona College, where she met and married Phil Curtis. Nancy lived in Safford for 25 years, where she was a homemaker and lived on the Carl & Phil Curtis Family Farm and raised 5 children.

While living in the Gila Valley, Nancy worked for Dr. Roudebush Optometry and at Ivanho Mobile Home Park for Ivan & Kathy Hancock. 

On July 4, 1979, Nancy moved to Mesa, attended Mesa Community College and then received a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from ASU in 1983.  Nancy worked for Farnsworth Companies and retired from Dole Food Company (King’s Onion House).

In 1955, Nancy joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at age 21. She was very active in serving in her church and held many callings including Safford Stake Young Women’s President, Ward Relief Society President, Nursery Leader, Librarian, and many teaching and presidency callings.

Nancy loved to spend time with her children and grandchildren, and thoroughly enjoyed attending as many of their events as possible; which included football, basketball, dance, volleyball, soccer, karate and much more. She had a sense of adventure and loved to travel, going to places such as Israel, Norway, Costa Rica, Panama, Alaska, Hawaii, Washington D.C. and many other stateside locations. She was heartbroken when she couldn’t travel, due to her failing heart, over the past year.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents Otto and Cora Grasmoen. She is survived by her 5 children; David (Carrie) Curtis of Mesa, Diane (Steve) Junion of Safford, Lisa (Tony) Clifford of Safford, Jennifer Cortez of Gilbert, and Jay (Nicole) Curtis of Gilbert, 19 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, with one more expected next week, and two sisters Lois Fatjo of Portland, Oregon and Julie Willis of Heber, Arizona.

A viewing for Nancy Curtis will be held on Friday, June 2nd from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Bunker’s Garden Chapel located at 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 3rd at 1:00 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mountain Vista Ward Chapel, located at 10305 East Southern Ave in Mesa, with visitation from noon to 12:45. Her final resting place will be Mountain View Cemetery, 7900 East Main Street, Mesa, Arizona, near her parents, following the services. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Bunker’s Garden Chapel in Mesa. (www.bunkerfuneral.com)


  • Nancy Peck Messer

    So sorry for the loss of your Mother, I know she was blessed and proud of each of her children. David,Diane, Lisa, Jennifer and Jay. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

  • Kimberly Long

    To the Curtis Family,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your mother Grandmother and Sister. May she rest in peace. May god take her in his arms and welcome her home. God bless you all. Prayers to you all.

  • So sorry for your loss. I will miss Nancy. As single sisters in our ward we would go to dinner once a month. Always enjoyed our fun visits, always laughing. I am sure she is visiting and having a grand reunion on the other side.

  • Donna and Steve Buckley

    Loved your Mom. She was a good friend to my Mom. So glad she got to travel. My Mom always loved traveling too but got sick earlier than your Mom. I would like to think of them seeing the sights together now.

  • Brenda Norton

    Curtis children, I can’t adequately express how sorry I am for your loss of your wonderful mom! Prayers for all of you in your time of need. Love you.

  • Nina And Joe Carpenter

    Dear Curtis Family our love a prayers are with you at this time of loss. She will be missed but never forgotten. Her heavenly reunion is sweet and peaceful. Love the Carpenters.

  • Andrea Bingham Buckley

    Lisa and family, I am so sorry for you loss. I have some fun memories of your mom, especially a great trip to Disneyland. My prayer are with you. Love, Andrea

  • Kathi Curtis Martin

    David, Diane, Lisa, Jennifer and Jay, My love and heart are with you. Aunt Nancy was always so nice to me and made me feel like one of her own kids. Whether she was passing a glass of kool-aide, a hug or a swat, she included everyone! I will always remember her laugh, which Lisa and Diane both have. Love to you all. Kathi

  • Jean Ellsworth

    Dear Curtis family, I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Your mother was such a beautiful, loving, wonderful woman. I have so many memories of your sweet family. You are all in my prayers. May you find peace and comfort at this time. Love to you all, Jean Ellsworth

  • william cortez

    What a great lady, possessed of so much faith and love. She will always live in the hearts of her children and grandkids. Her family will miss her but she knows all will be with her again. I thank her for her acceptance of me and know she has earned a special place with those she loves and waits for them.

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