Wednesday, March 6, 2013
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Hortense Curry Peoples, also affectionately known as "Cookie," loved and embraced life. She was a caring and generous person who often, quietly and unassumingly, rendered help to others. Cookie took extreme pride in her family and the heritage of her hometown of Key West, Fla.

She was born May 27, 1942 to Albert Curry and Edna Louise (Munnings) Curry. Her sunset came Feb. 15, 2013 in Los Angeles, Calif.

As a child, Cookie was nurtured spiritually at Cornish Chapel AME Zion Church. She attended Douglass School and graduated in the high school class of 1959. She attended Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, Fla. and Woodbury University, Los Angeles, where she obtained her bachelor's degree in business management. She served on several boards including the Douglass School Reunion Organization, and the Key West Association of Los Angeles. Professionally, Hortense last worked for the Screen Actors' Guild until she retired in 2008. Her other employment included working for several corporations engaged in a range of social services and community development.

Celebrating her as a blessing to their lives are: her brother James Phillip Carey of Key West, Fla.; her sister Margaret Carey-McCray (Louis) of Greenville, Miss.; eight nieces, four nephews, numerous cousins and other family and a host of friends. There will be a memorial service at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 9, 2013 at Trinity Presbyterian Church 717 Simonton St., Key West, Fla.