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It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Marybeth "Betsy" Curran (nee Mountain), who entered into eternal rest on July 24th. She leaves behind a legacy of immeasurable love, devotion, and selflessness. Betsy was beloved wife of the late Gerald "Jerry" Curran. She was the mother of Rebecca Curran-Minei (Vincent), Patti Griffin (Jamal), Sean Curran (Paige), Maureen Adgie (Mike), David Curran (Paula) and the late Timothy Curran and Katie Buek. She was grandmother of Zoe, Hannah, John, Alabama, Katie, Noah, Wren, Kaiya, Archer, Emmy, Doug, Diana and Dillon. She was the Daughter of the late John and Mary Mountain. She was the sister of Susan, Jeanne, Diane, Michael, Steve and the late John and Greg. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and her son-in-law, Chris Buek.
Betsy was a force. She had a fierce sense of family that transcended petty squabbles and lost loved ones and was a compass to so many, but the love she had within her was apparent to all who knew her. She was whip-smart, a fantastic storyteller who was never at a loss for words and sang often and loudly, especially when there were children around. She was the world's best Mom-Mom, and there are many in this world for whom she was surrogate Mom or extra Mom-Mom. Her home was an open and welcoming one, and family was always paramount. She hosted gatherings regularly, making every occasion special because she was so special. She listened to football games and NPR on the radio while assembling enough food to feed a small army. And the meals themselves were loud and long and animated and so full of love.
Betsy was a graduate of Saint Huberts, received her BA from Gwynedd Mercy University and returned to school to receive her MA from St. Joseph University.. She was incredibly intelligent; she discussed current events with acuity and laughed heartily at irreverent humor. She had many lifelong friends whom she considered family, including schoolmates and neighbors, and she loved them so fiercely. She built community everywhere she went, and left an impression on everyone she met. She was involved for many years with Marriage Encounter and Pre Cana, and made many close friends through both.
Betsy lived a life of service for others. She taught at Norwood Fontbonne Academy while her first five children attended, then began a 30 year career with the Roman Catholic Church, working in both the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Diocese of Wilmington.. Her faith was unwavering, and she enjoyed sharing her love of God with others; she was a skilled liturgist, an enthusiastic cantor, and an involved parishioner. She especially loved her role as catechist, and always immersed herself in teaching: through CCD, RCIA, Vacation Bible School, and her myriad educator hats. She had a deep affection for working with and advocating for people with special needs, both within the Church and in her larger community. Betsy was never one to shy away from a commitment, but always found time for the people she loved.
Outside of the scope of her work, Betsy committed many hours to volunteerism. The reach of her philanthropy is too enormous to itemize, but there were some organizations and causes that were very close to her heart. She volunteered as a Girl Scout troop leader for many years. She brought her family to feed others on Thanksgiving mornings at a community soup kitchen. She volunteered with Special Olympics and did companion care through the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project. She was enormously proud of her Red Cross pins, indicating the gallons of blood she has donated over the years. She gave her time to Ten Thousand Villages so that artists in developing countries could be paid a fair wage for their work. She sorted donations at the Care and Share Thrift Shoppes, and often brought choice books home for her loved ones.
After being taken from us piece by piece over the last few years by Alzheimer's disease, Betsy left this world peacefully and surrounded by love. Please keep our heartbroken family in your thoughts, and if you have stories to share, please do.
Relatives and friends are invited to Epiphany of Our Lord Church, 3050 Walton Rd Plymouth
Meeting for visitation on Friday August 4 at 9:30 am followed by funeral mass at 11:30.
Interment Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Betsy's memory to
For Pete's Sake, https://takeabreakfromcancer.org/ or the Alzheimers Association, https://act.alz.org/