Carol O. Shuck (Curtis) died peacefully on Thursday, June 20, 2019 after a short illness.
Carol was born March 15, 1951 in Mason, Michigan to Helen and Lloyd Curtis. She grew up helping her parents and two older brothers, Colin and Kirk, on the family dairy farm. An avid reader throughout her life, Carol graduated Dansville High School at the top of her class, delivering the valedictory speech in 1969.
She attended Michigan State University, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice in 1972. Here her love of the Spartans only grew and she was able to attend both the ’88 and ’14 Rose Bowl Championship football games among countless other football, and men’s and women’s basketball games.
Carol met her devoted husband of 46 years, Monte Shuck, on the MSU campus and they married October 14, 1972.
She went on to become the first female police officer in the city of Bloomington, Indiana; she had a long, dedicated, and varied working life that included Medical Equipment and Education Service in Livonia, MI; secretary to the maintenance supervisor at Wyeth Labs in Mason, MI for 15 years; an insurance adjustor for a company in Okemos, MI; a secretarial position at ADCO (auto parts supplier) in Michigan Center, MI; and eventually retired after 10 years as a case worker from the State of Michigan’s Department of Child and Adult Foster Care.
Carol and Monte made their home in Dansville, Michigan for 35 years. She was an ardent Dansville Aggie supporter—attending a variety of sporting events, creating supportive team signs to display in the front yard, and cheering her children on through their sporting, theatre, and other events.
Carol was a proud mother to Jovon and Casey, two more Spartans, generous mother-in-law to Sheila and Sarah, and loving grandmother to Hannah and Elliot. She also leaves behind her brothers and their wives, Kirk and Mary Curtis, and Colin and Melody Curtis; her beloved nephews Charlie, Shannon, Nathan, Johnathan, and Ben Curtis; and an array of cherished family and friends.
In May 2013, Carol and Monte moved to Texas. She spent a great deal of time researching and building her dream home in Jarrell where she was a member of the Spears Ranch Ladies Book Club and the Jarrell Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Together they joined the Presbyterian Church of Salado. A lifelong lover of music, Carol became the Music Director and a faithful choir member.
Carol was in her element when she was able to plan something—including events, trips, parties, projects, and menus. She loved finding the perfect recipe, the perfect poem or piece of music, or the perfect gift for the occasion.
Among Carol and Monte’s adventures together, they were able to explore many locations, sometimes on a Goldwing motorcycle, sometimes a tandem bicycle; they took their children on multiple trips throughout the US; took their grandchildren on a houseboat adventure; and enjoyed trips through Italy, France, and most recently voyaged on the Rhine from Amsterdam, Netherlands, through Germany, and into Switzerland.
Donations in Carol’s memory may be made to the Salado Public Library or the Presbyterian Church of Salado.
“I’ll fly away, O glory, I’ll fly away; When I die, hallelujah, by and by, I’ll fly away.”
Salado Public Library
1151 N. Main St, Salado TX 76571
Presbyterian Church of Salado
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