Harriet Atkinson Curtis, 97, of Fort Valley, went to be with her Lord and Savior on April 25, 2021. She passed away peacefully at Winchester Medical Center, surrounded by her family.
A Celebration of Life for Mrs. Curtis will be held at a later date to be announced.
Harriet was born March 31, 1924, to Roswell Cook Atkinson and Jessie Manget Atkinson, in Newnan, GA. She attended college at Vanderbilt University and received her nursing degree at Emory University. She did a little of her training at Bellevue Hospital in New York City and had a brief stint in the US Navy as a Lieutenant Junior Grade, stationed near Norfolk.
Harriet worked in several hospitals and doctor's offices. Midway through her career, she went to work for the Public Health Service, where she was the nurse in medical clinics in Federal buildings. She spent the vast majority of her career in the Washington, DC area. However, in 1980 she took a job opportunity in Atlanta, GA, in order to spend more time with her aging parents. She retired in 1986 and helped her sister in caring for their parents.
Harriet moved to Fort Valley in 1989. She volunteered at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital for nearly 20 years. She was a member of the Massanutten Garden Club and the Friendship Club. Harriet enjoyed most sports, especially football, and was a diehard fan of the Washington Football Team and Georgia Tech. She was also an animal lover, with a fondness for Shetland Sheepdogs.
Harriet was predeceased by her parents; her sisters, Jessie Atkinson (who she never met) and Roslyn Atkinson Harden; and her son-in-law, Dwight Westmoreland.
She is survived by her son, Roswell Curtis, daughter Dixie Westmoreland, a cousin, several nieces and nephews, a special canine companion, and several friends.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of memorial contribution’s, in Harriet's name, to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN. 38105 (st.jude.org) or Northern Virginia Sheltie Rescue, 977 Seminole Trail, PMB 314, Charlottesville, VA 22901.
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Stover Funeral Home and Crematory, Strasburg, VA is serving the family of Mrs. Harriet A. Curtis.
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