Daisy Marie Kurth: 1920-2004 | CraigDailyPress.com

Daisy Marie Kurth: 1920-2004

Daisy Marie Kurth died Nov. 24, 2004, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, after a short illness. She was 84.

Daisy Marie Fredericks was born Jan. 29, 1920, in Brethren, Mich., to Otto August and Daisy Ellen (Graff) Fredericks.

Kurth was raised on a farm along with her five sisters and six brothers. They lived in a house that had only three rooms and no electricity until the 1940s. She attended Dixon Township High School through the 10th grade and later worked in a garment factory. In 1942, she moved to San Diego, where she met and later married Walter Nicholas Kurth. They were married Oct. 25, 1943. During World War II, she worked for various companies in the defense industry. Following the war, she and her husband lived in Chicago where he attended refrigeration school. After graduation, they returned to San Diego where they lived and raised their family. They eventually moved to Smith River, Calif., and then to Craig, where they have resided since 2002. Kurth cherished her family and enjoyed being around them. She was very active in her church and a member of its Women’s Missionary Group.

Kurth is survived by her husband, Walter Kurth, of Craig; daughter, Lorna (Monte) Tunks, of Craig; son, Norman (Julie), of Cayucos; grandchildren Fawn Melquist, Landon Melquist, Lacey Hoffman, Colt Hoffman and Emily Tunks; great-granddaughter, Taris; brothers John and Richard Fredericks; and sisters Kate, Lola, Audrey and Norma Jean.

Kurth was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Leona; and her brothers Harold, Robert, Norman and Ray.

Funeral services were held Nov. 29, 2004, at Grant Mortuary in Craig, with Pastor Brian Haynes officiating. Cremation was after the service.

Memorial donations may be made to the Smith River Baptist Church in care of Grant Mortuary.

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