Dean Kaufman Curry

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Dean Kaufman Curry

October 08, 1938 - December 26, 2018

Dean Kaufman Curry Dean Kaufman Curry passed away in his home on December 26, 2018. Loved by his family and friends, Dean would have loved to bid them farewell in his usual cheerful and upbeat manner, assuring us that he would be okay as his life on earth has come to rest.
Dean was born to Harriet and Dean Curry on October 8, 1938 in Snowflake Arizona. Dean had a fulfilled life, despite contracting polio at the age of five. He graduated from Tahlequah High School in 1956, going on to earn a degree in art and english from Northeastern State College. He moved to California for a short time and was employed by Chris-Craft. He secured a teaching job in Goodman, Missouri where he taught from 1963-1965. It was there that he met his wife of 52 years, Jolly Rose Steward. They married on July 19, 1966. He considered her children, Debbie and Steve, his own. They moved to Pacific, Missouri where he taught 20 years. Dean and Jolly moved to Tahlequah where he taught art at Marble City schools two years. He was a substitute teacher for Tahlequah Public Schools for many years.
He never said a cross word about anyone, had a wonderful sense of humor and was extremely independent despite his disability. He was known for teasing and tormenting those he loved.
Dean was preceded in death by his parents, Harriet and Dean Curry; sister, Bonnie Morgan; brothers in law, Tom Graham and Glen Teel; son, Steve Steward and niece, Melissa Stogsdill.
He is survived by his wife, Jolly Curry; daughter, Debbie Steward (Laura); his sisters, Luraly Graham and Jane Teel and brother-in-law, Tom Morgan along with nieces and nephews, Charles Morgan, Jennifer Palmer, Bill Morgan, Caren McCurdy, Noni Royal, Dan Graham, Jon Graham, Joshua Graham, David Wilcox, Gary Wilcox, Glen Teel, Ellen Wilfong and many loving great nieces and nephews.
Published on December 31, 2018
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Betty Hannah
Jan 05, 2019
Jolly, I am so sorry for your loss. Dean was your soulmate and a wonderful person. I admired his glowing personality and "can do" spirit in spite of his disabilities. He was always friendly and upbeat and caring about everyone he met. I know it has left a giant hole in your heart to heal but God will be your constant companion and will carry you through this trying time. I think about you a lot and thoroughly enjoyed the friendship we shared working at Go Ye Village. If I can do anything for you I would love the opportunity. You will be in my prayers and thoughts. My love to you and family. My email is phone is 918-457-7082. Call anytime.