Dean Kaufman Curry
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Dean Kaufman Curry
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.
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