Marion Ruth (Smith) Curry, 81, of St. James died Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Prairie Senior Cottages in New Ulm.

Marion Ruth (Smith) Curry, 81, of St. James died Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Prairie Senior Cottages in New Ulm. A memorial celebration will be held at Sturm Funeral Home in St. James from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 25. Private family burial will take place at Mt. Hope Cemetery in St. James. Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in St. James. You may send the family condolences online at www.sturmfh.com.

Marion was born Jan. 14, 1936 at the home of her parents, Chester and Everill (Barklow) Smith in Bingham Lake. Her family moved to Butterfield when she was four years old and attended school there until sixth grade. Being her folks were farmers, they did move quite a bit and they moved to the Truman Lewisville area on a Tilney farm in 1948. She attended school in Truman from sixth through 10th grade. In 1952, she moved to her grandpa’s farm by Bingham Lake and attended Windom High School, graduating in 1954. She worked at First National Bank of Windom and then the Toro Company until she married and moved to St. James. She worked several different jobs in St. James.

Marion is survived by her children: Kenneth Curry of Apache Junction, Ariz., Denise (Tom) Olson of St. James, Jeff Curry of St. James, Sandra Brehmer of St. James, Susan (Tim) Paulson of Silver Bay; eight grandchildren: Erin (Paul) Thompson of Silver Bay, Ryan Paulson of St. James, Taylor Paulson of Silver Bay, Amy (Brandon) Viland of North Mankato, Adam Olson of Storm Lake, Iowa, A.J. Olson of North Mankato, Sadie (Mike) Rezac of Eagle Lake, Cheyanne Bowers of Seattle, Wash.; six great-grandchildren: Addison Paulson, Ava Thompson, Bella Thompson, Josie Thompson, Oliver Viland and Lux Rezac. She is preceded in death by her parents; siblings; and grandson, Jacob Lee Curry.