Obituary: Jeanne Curtis Nevill, 96, San Antonio, Texas, born in Scottville.

June 23, 2018

Jeanne Nevill

Obituary: Jeanne Curtis Nevill, 96, San Antonio, Texas, born in Scottville.

Jeanne Marie Curtis Nevill, 96, was born in Scottville, Michigan to “Little Glenn” and “Big Glenn”, mother Glenn Curtis, nee Stevens and father Glenn Curtis, on March 5, 1922 and passed away in her sleep in San Antonio, Texas, on May 21, 2018 after a lengthy illness.  Jeanne survived childhood pneumonia, but the doctor wasn’t sure she would survive another north country pneumonia. So, in 1924 her father moved the family to Florida.  Then after a hurricane in 1926, he moved the family to southern California, where Jeanne grew up.

Jeanne‘s childhood interests included watching live Hollywood musical performances, tallying scores for her champion archer mother, photography, selling clothes in a Lake Arrowhead, California clothing shop. Many Hollywood stars vacationed at Lake Arrowhead. There she had chance star sightings including Groucho Marx, Howard Hughes, and Shirley Temple, memories she treasured all her life.

During World War II Jeanne assembled Link trainers and met Richard (Dick) Nevill.  They married on Aug. 18, 1946 at Lake Arrowhead.

Jeanne and Dick (a natural gas engineer) moved frequently in the early years from as far north as Canada to as far south as Mexico City. They raised three children: Rick born in Fort Worth, Texas, Glenn, in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Lynne in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada.  They settled in Houston, for the second time, in about 1960. Jeanne and Dick attended the Methodist Church. They also traveled to Alaska, Europe, South America, Great Britain.  Jeanne was registrar for the Houston High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.  She was a voracious reader and deeply loved music.  She and Dick encouraged music study for their children and sacrificed much to provide for music lessons for all three.

After Dick retired, he served in the Dotterweich Chair of Natural Gas, at Texas A & I, Kingsville, Texas.  They moved permanently to Kingsville and developed many cherished friendships.  They attended First United Methodist Church of Kingsville. Jeanne volunteered at the hospital and they enjoyed bridge and the Kingsville Music Club.  They particularly enjoyed assisting with the annual Kingsville International Young Performers Competition. 

Jeanne moved to Brookdale Shavano Park | Assisted Living and Memory Care in San Antonio, Texas, to be near her son, Richard, shortly after falling and breaking her hip in 2012.  The family is extremely appreciative of the loving care provided by the staff at Brookdale, formerly Homewood.

Jeanne was preceded in death by her husband Dick in November 2006, after 60 years of marriage; and by her sister Dorothy in April 2011.  She is survived by sons Richard Nevill (Cathy) and Glenn (Charlene), daughter Lynne (Jeff), granddaughter Francie and grandson Charles (Donelle), and great grandson Arthur.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, ALZ.ORG, 225 North Michigan Avenue, Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601, Tel: (800) 272-3900.

Memories, messages and condolences may be left online at Legacy.com.

A memorial service will be arranged in the future.

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