Obituary: Betty McCurdy
Betty Joan Swenchak McCurdy, age 71, passed away Thursday, June 23, 2011, in Racine, Wis. She was born June 16, 1940, to John and Lilly Mae (Martin) Swenchak in Laurel, Miss. Growing up, she worked at the family store, Martin's Grocery, in Glade, Miss. Betty spent her life graciously serving others.
She married Pascal Ted Johnston June 16, 1960. Betty, a mother of four, put family ahead of career. She loved having her children and their friends running through the house and often said she missed the chaos when the kids had grown and moved away. Betty was the master of "comfort food" and everyone was welcome at her dinner table.
Later in life Betty was blessed when she met Morris (Mac) McCurdy. They were married April 17, 1992. Mac and Betty were soul mates, sharing life, love, and adventure together. Their love and devotion was witnessed by all who knew them.
Betty and Mac lived in Kingman alongside her best friends of over 30 years, Darrell and Peggy Morgan. Betty and Peggy were more like sisters than friends. The two were fun-loving and created laughter and smiles when they were together. Betty's door was always open, and everyone was a friend. The home was a place where life's joys and sorrows were shared.
Betty loved to travel. She and Mac would drive cross country to visit family and friends. A three-day trip would take five days because she would say, "It's not about reaching the destination but the road you travel to get there." That's how she approached life, enjoying the journey without the distraction of the destination.
Along life's road, Betty touched many people. Her open heart, positive attitude and southern accent left an impression on those who met her. She was everyone's "Granny" and graciously shared her life and love with those around her. Celebrate knowing Betty; laugh often, love openly, enjoy the journey. She wouldn't want it any other way.
Betty leaves behind devoted husband, Morris McCurdy; sons, Pascal T. (Judy) and Preston T. (Jerri) Johnston; daughter, Becky J. Johnston, stepdaughters, Kim (Tony) Dennison and Sabrina (Dan) Redenius; 10 grandchildren, Adrian L., Nicholas A. (Karen), Christopher R., Amber E., Jordan T, Jarred C., Portia T. (Lance Cpl. Benjamin Peterson), Miranda M. Johnston, Marcus J. Clas, and Melissa Mayes; and five great-grandchildren, Lexus, Colin, Levi, Preston J., and Brooklyn Johnston.
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