Vicki A. (Morrison) Curtis, 62, of Hamilton, Ohio, and formerly of Hammond, passed away on Friday, October 22, 2010 surrounded by family and friends at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.
A celebration of Vicki's life was held on November 16, 2010 at 5 p.m. at the Wetherington Golf and Country Club, 7337 Country Club Lane, West Chester, Ohio 45069.
Vicki Curtis, the daughter of the late Neal and Marjorie Morrison, is survived by her loving son and daughter- in-law, Matthew and Helen Curtis of Granville Ohio, her four grandchildren, Patrick James, Jacob Reid, Collin Matthew and Kaylee Emma Curtis, and her loving brother and sister-in-law, John and Roberta Morrison and her two nephews, Adam and Lee Morrison of Hammond, and her loving brother, Wayne R. Morrison of Pittsburgh, Pa. Vicki is missed by a host of friends and a wide circle of colleagues.
"Joy never leaves us and we can access joy at any moment." This extraordinary belief was evidenced in Vicki Curtis' everyday life making friends, family, and students her constant focus. Vicki believed every child should be celebrated and given the time, talent, and resources needed to attain that next level of achievement and happiness.
She dedicated her career in education to the philosophy that all children can be successful in the classroom culminating that career as the Executive Director of Special Services for the Lakota Local School District in Butler County, Ohio.
In 2008, Vicki learned she had breast cancer but never faltered in her passion for life and having fun.
She retired in 2009 to do consulting and to enjoy her family and friends, to travel, and enjoy life.
Vicki grew up on a dairy farm in Hammond along with her two brothers.
She graduated Valedictorian of Hammond Central School in 1965, received her Bachelor's Degree in English with a minor in music from the State University of New York, Albany graduating in 1969, a Master of Education from the University of Texas, Austin in 1974 and completed coursework for a Ph.D. at University of Cincinnati.
The impact she had as an educational leader on the lives of colleagues she mentored as well as the lives of children with special needs and their families will always be remembered.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be sent to the Vicki A. Curtis Fund for Students and Teaching Excellence at The Community Foundation of West Chester/ Liberty, 5641 Union Centre Dr., West Chester, OH 45069.