Tuesday, June 11, 2013
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ANNICE CURRYAnnice Curry died June 9, 2013. She was 94. Born in Key West, she was the daughter of Charles A. Smith and Macie Sawyer Smith. She was a graduate of Key West High School.

As a girl, Mrs. Curry worked in various family businesses, including a boarding house for railroad postal employees and a grocery store. In later years, she recalled that as the only girl in a family that included three brothers, she was expected to contribute much time and effort to these enterprises.

In 1938, Annice married fellow Conch Charles J. Curry. It was the height of the Great Depression, and there was no work to be had in Key West, so the couple headed north to Jacksonville where they spent several months operating a hamburger stand outside a movie theater.

Subsequently Charles obtained a job with the Army Corps of Engineers and the couple moved to Pahokee, Fla. Later a position opened at the naval base in Key West and Annice and Charles returned to the island, where they resided for the rest of their lives.

After leaving Jacksonville, Mrs. Curry did not again work outside the home. She poured her energies into bringing up her two sons and into volunteer work of various kinds.

Church activities were especially important to her, and at one time or another she made important contributions to the Sunday School program at Lee Memorial Methodist Church, to Wesley House, and to the Pennyworth Shop at Holy Innocents Episcopal Church. She was also active in a number of service clubs, including the Jayshees, the Key West Garden Club and the Woman's Club. For several years she worked at polling places on election days, helping ensure honesty and fairness in the democratic process.

Said her long-time friend, Freddy Voigt, "She was always thinking, always observing and always trying to make things better." Mrs. Curry is survived by her two sons, Jeff Curry of Wellington, Fla., and Glenn Curry of San Juan, Puerto Rico; two daughters-in-law, Pat Curry of Wellington and Wynne Curry of San Juan; one granddaughter, Hope Pitney of Vieques, Puerto Rico and her husband Martin Pitney; one grandson, Kevin Donohue of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and his wife Michelle; two great grandchildren, Keila and Kyle Donohue; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m Friday, June 14, 2013, at the Key West United Methodist Church, 600 Eaton St., Key West, Fla.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers contributions be made to Hospice of the Florida Keys, 1319 William St., Key West, FL, 33040. The Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with all funeral arrangements.