Susan Curtis

Susan Kay Curtis (nee Axsom)
Susan Kay Curtis (nee Axsom) born 11/20/1959 in Redmond Oregon to Darlene F. (nee Holiday) and William H. Axsom Sr. She died on October 16th 2017 after contracting liver cancer. Susan had received 2 transplanted kidneys, one in 1982 and in 1984, and was grateful for the 30 + years of life given to her before having to go back on dialysis and finally contracting the cancer.
She is survived by her husband, Lawrence D. Curtis, of 20 years. Her mother–in-law, Marian K Curtis (Overfield), Step-children Robert Edward Curtis, Dana Curtis, Angela Curtis (Jonny) Longhurst. Her mother Darlene F. Brown (nee Holiday), step -father Wayne William Brown. Her siblings Kathleen A.(“Buck”) Buchta , Patricia A. Bowen, Karen L (Glen) Butler , Linda C. Axsom, William H. Axsom Jr. Winona R Axsom.
Born in Redmond Oregon along with her twin sister Winona on 11/20/1959, Susan spent her first 8 years living in Madras, Oregon. The family then moved to Portland Oregon where she attended school at Richmond Elementary School, and Benjamin Franklin High School. Susan receiving her GED in 1984 from Mt. Hood Community College, and she received a Nanny’s Certification in 1990 from Northwest College.
Susan lived in Toppenish, Washington from 1991 to 1996. She spent a short time living in Omaha Nebraska, working as a Nanny, when she met Lawrence Curtis moving to Lawrence, Kansas in March of 1997.
Over the years she had worked in many fields Child Care, manufacturing, secretary, call center rep, and most recently she was employed by First Student as a School bus Driver and a bus attendant.
We will miss you very much for “She was truly loved.”
Please give a short story that tells a bit about who I am.
Husband – My wife and love of my life has always been a sensitive, caring, and generous woman who has thought of others and put those around her first before herself. She has always shown herself as the best part of my life, no matter the circumstances, by freely and warmly giving her love to me. (Your Hubby, Lawrence)
Patricia – My sister, although we are 5 years apart, she was a lot like me, a very caring and loving person. She also had empathy for other people. She was able to feel my pain while caring for her. She was concerned more about me and how I was feeling. She loved the color purple. She learned to knit in the last year or so. She also designed jewelry. I will miss you very much sis. Sue loved and missed her roses but was unable to get them to grow in Kansas. The love you showed the family was remarkable.
Susan is preceded in death by her father William H. Axsom Sr. sister Louella Axsom and both sets of grandparents Garret and Louella Axsom (Brimberry) and Elmer and Hazel Holiday (nee Britt)
Susan will be cremated at Warren-McElwain Mortuary 120 W. 13 Lawrence, Kansas 785-843-1120 Ceremains will be interned at Mount Hope Cemetery, 606 Iowa Street, Hiawatha, Kansas in the Overfield plot, and Susan also arranged for a portion to be scattered in Ladd’s Circle Square Park, in Portland, Oregon.
Susan has requested that in place of flowers to please make a donation to the National Kidney Foundation at

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  1. Davis on October 31, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    Susan will truly be missed. Because she was such a sensitive, caring, and generous woman, she was loved by many people. Please continue to focus on those happy times when you were all together, and cherish the good memories you have and they will provide comfort.

    May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father … comfort your hearts and make you firm (or strengthen you).”—2 Thess. 2:16, 17

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