Bernice G. Curry, 95, died peacefully on November 11, 2017, at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough after a brief illness.
She was born in Caswell, Maine, on November 8, 1922. Bernice was the eldest of five daughters born to the late Patrick T. and Emily (Iott) Greenier.
Bernice graduated from Limestone High School and Madawaska Training School (University of Maine at Fort Kent). Bernice began her teaching career in Caswell where she had her youngest sister, Margaret, as a first grade student.
She was married to William H. Curry of Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 1948. They had 55 happy years together prior to his death in 2003. They both worked in education in several Maine communities. Bernice retired from teaching in Rumford in 1978. While in Rumford they made many long-lasting friendships and Bernice often told stories of adventures with their friends. They eventually moved to Portland to be closer to family.
Bernice had fond memories of the many special trips she and Bill enjoyed following their retirements. They explored a variety of areas throughout the United States and Canada and especially enjoyed the national parks.
Bernice always had a warm spot in her heart for the disadvantaged. During her retirement she connected with several community and church organizations that provide support to the needy, the educationally challenged, and the elderly. Bernice and Bill were especially active in many ministries at St. Edmund's Parish of Westbrook.
Bernice lived with her daughter and son-in-law prior to moving to Birchwoods on Canco in March. She excitedly anticipated visits from other family members and was proud of her granddaughters and their families.
The family is comforted by the compassionate care that Bernice received from the staffs at Birchwoods, Maine Medical Center, and Gosnell as she became less independent.
In addition to her parents and husband, Bernice was predeceased by two sisters, Arthelina (Sis) Greenier and Regina (Jean) Turcotte and daughter-in-law, Rebecca Curry.
She is survived by daughter, Patricia and her husband, Brad Ripley of Saco; son, William H. Curry of Lisbon, Maine; two granddaughters, Bethany Pomerleau and husband, Geno of Lisbon and Christina Ripley and husband, Justin Wanek of Madison, Wis.; three great-granddaughters, Dylan Cox of Lisbon and Emerson and Autumn Wanek of Madison, Wis. Also surviving are two special sisters, Amy McGlinn of Presque Isle and Margaret Lewis of Salisbury, MD.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Saturday, November 18, 2017, at 11 a.m. at St. Margaret's Church, 6 Saco Ave., Old Orchard Beach, ME. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in South Portland.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Bernice to Preble Street Resource Center, 38 Preble Street, Portland, ME 04101.
Published on November 15, 2017