Doris Martin Curtiss, 86, of Orange, passed away peacefully on March 4, 2015, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Doris was the beloved widow of the late Howard Curtiss. She was born in New Haven on June 17, 1928, one of nine children of the late Leo and Elmire Martin. Raised in New Haven, she moved to Orange after her marriage and lived there for 60 years.
Doris was the devoted mother of Sally and Jeff (Boyd) Davis of Milford, Patty and the late Richard Vining of Milford, and Christine Curtiss and Dave Pelland of Orange.
She also leaves her cherished grandchildren, Matthew Vining of Beacon Falls and Karina Davis of Milford, sisters Edith Quigley of West Haven and Edna (Marion) Crisafi and husband Buddy Crisafi of Branford, and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by siblings Norman Martin, Rita Codeanne, Edgar Martin, Howard Martin, Evelyn Armstrong, and Robert Martin.
Prior to her illness, Doris enjoyed playing cards, going to the movies with her sisters, and spending time with her family. She was compassionate, caring and nurturing, and she always made everyone laugh.
Her family wishes to thank all of her caregivers, especially Natalia, whose care enabled Doris to live at home.
Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday, March 8, from 5 – 7 p.m. at Keenan Funeral Home, 238 Elm Street, West Haven.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Road, on Monday, March 9, at 11:30 a.m.
Burial will be in Orange Center Cemetery.