(Frances) Blaine Ballinger Curtis

March 12, 2014 

(Frances) Blaine Ballinger Curtis

(Frances) Blaine Ballinger Curtis was a life-long Missouri resident.

(Frances) Blaine Curtis of John Knox Village and long-time resident of Lee’s Summit, Missouri died on Feb. 22, 2014. She was 98 years old. Born the daughter of Walter Ballinger and Ida (Williams) Ballinger in Jamesport, Mo., on Sept. 27, 1915, as a young woman Blaine was an active member of the Jamesport Women’s softball team. She married Clyde Homer Curtis in 1933, and over the years held a variety of positions; a crystal fabricator in a walkie-talkie factory to support the war effort in the 40’s; sign designer for the famous Kansas City retailer Emory Bird Thayer Company; artist for Hallmark Greeting cards, also of Kansas City; and a wife and homemaker. She was a superlative dancer in her day, and made the best scrambled eggs and award-worthy chili.

She joins in eternal rest her husband of 61 years, Clyde, her daughter Ellen Lorene Curtis, a sister Georgia, a sister Jinetta, a brother, Carl, and her parents.

She is survived by her son Max Keith Curtis of Breinigsville, Pa. and his wife, Karen Ann, a grandson, Kevin Scott Curtis of Johnstown, Colo., a granddaughter Lory Patrice Curtis of Skippack, Pa., and a host of long-time friends.

In accordance with her wishes, her ashes will be interred in a rose garden in Lee’s Summit. Her generosity and loving kindness will be missed by all.

(Arrangements: Langsford Funeral Home, 115 SW 3rd St., Lee’s Summit, Mo. 64063, 816-524-3700)

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