Charlene Curtiss- daughter, sister, aunt, grandmother, and best friend
She was a protective big sister and loved her nieces and nephews who she would often spoil. If you asked her friends, they would introduce her to you as funny, loyal, and always willing to lend a helping hand. This was all before her addiction took control of her life. Her family and friends miss the woman we all knew.
She grew up 1 of 3 children in St Matthews S.C. She met Pete Curtiss and they married in 1989. She and Pete were blessed with 3 beautiful children, Amanda Nichole, Kayli Renee, and Peter J.
Charlene was not afraid to step up and help others and could often be found caring for others’ and helping out in the church nursery. The door was always open to their home and anything she had, others were welcomed to. During her husband’s stint in the military, Charlene met many friends and created lasting friendships. Charlene had a love for her family and friends but most of all she loved the Lord.
Many may know that military life is not always easy and comes with many sacrifices and separations. She experienced health problems that lead to her misusing prescription drugs. Medications that were prescribed to her by her doctors that were meant to help her ultimately robbed her of almost all of her quality of life and relationships.
Following an almost 20-year marriage, the family unit was suffering. Divorce came, followed by estranged relationships. Our once devoted wife, mom, daughter, sister, aunt, and best friend was traveling a road of destruction. Health conditions robbed her of peace and painless days over the next number of years. The loss of her own mother was tough for Charlene as well. Before she knew it, her addiction to opioids and other prescription meds left her living alone in an assisted living facility, unable to live and love independently as before. She was separated from family and close friends.
March 16, 2011 Charlene had posted on Facebook, “Ok well God knows what is going on in life and I need to remember I am his child and he holds me in his hands! Thank you, God for that promise of salvation and security.” Despite her troubles she would still reach out to those who loved her and knew her for the kind and gentle soul she was. However, the long distance and discorded relationships were not enough to help restore her health or her happiness.
Today and always, her family and friends are left to mourn her death but can rejoice in her Heavenly healing. On Tuesday morning, our beloved family member and friend was freed from a prison of guilt and torment and physical pains. She is no longer bound by opioids and prescription drugs and physical ailments, she has been set free!
Romans 8:35-39 KJV 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, for thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.