Shirley Curtis

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Shirley Irene Curtis, age 88, passed away Thursday, March 18, 2021 in Harrison, Arkansas. Born May 17, 1932, in Plentywood, Montana, one of six children to Arthur and Elberta Draszt. Shirley was married to Jim Curtis for 21 years until his passing in 1993. Shirley worked twenty years for the Pacific Bell phone company as a 411 operator, retiring October 7, 1993. It was the perfect job for her, Shirley was known to like to talk and enjoyed helping those in need. In 2017 Shirley moved from Alameda, California live with Ken and Andrea.

She loved the Lord and touched people with her generosity and passion for engaging in the lives of those around her, assisting wherever she could. She enjoyed camping, outdoor activities, traveling to see family, crocheting, and making Cross bookmarkers. Though Shirley was only 4’7”, she had a huge, loving heart and made an easy height goal for her grandkids when they grew “as tall as Grandma”. Shirley will be missed greatly for her wit, her giggle, her love of the Lord, and love of the American Pickers TV Show.

She is preceded in death by her parents Arthur and Elberta Draszt, siblings Lorraine Terwillinger, Maxine Houlbjerg, Eugene Draszt, Yonnne Ellerman.

She is survived by her brother Darrel Draszt, children Kathy Brandom and husband Dave of Kanorado, Kansas, Ken Collins and wife Andrea of Berryville, Arkansas, Becky Al-Tabeekh and husband Saleh of Kuwait, and many grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

No services are scheduled at this time. Shirley is allergic to flowers, please donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Shop, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105, or Hospice of the Hills in Harrison, AR. Cremation arrangements under direction of Nelson Funeral Service. Online condolences sent to the family at