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Malda Ann Curtis

July 11, 1936 — May 28, 2024

College Station, TX

Malda “Ann” Coker Curtis was born 11 July 1936 in Nixon, Texas and went to be with our heavenly father 28 May 2024 at age of 87 in College Station, Texas after a decline in health.

Ann grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas the daughter of Ruby Estelle Baker and Jacob Denman Coker. She and her brother Charlie Coker were raised by Ruby and her second husband Joe Satsky after Ann and Charlie lost their father at a very young age. Being the eldest daughter, Ann sometimes helped take care of her siblings: Charlie, Mary, Joe, Annie and Rick. She would sometimes take them on adventures and car rides when she was older. Ann was a person of strong Christian faith and prayer throughout her life, attending various churches, and, as she got older, watching televised services at home or participated in bible studies at assisted-living.

She graduated from Miller HS in 1954 and began a career in accounting with HEB grocer. Ann was ever curious a life-long learner. Some high civil service test scores she had taken in high school were noticed by a programmer at the local base when she applied for a secretarial job. She was asked by the programmer if she would rather do what he did. Thus, began a long career for the Department of Defense as a civil servant as first a data processor, then analyst and finally programmer for the Navy Supply, Naval Hospital and Naval Data Automation Facility back in Building 10 where she at started at the beginning. Throughout her career, she continued her education in local courses in college and many conferences by top presenters in her field which she would return and share with her co-workers. She belonged to national business women organizations sharing her knowledge and helping others as well. Her conference and project travels took her nearby to Beeville to assist with simulation and fire safety system work for the base and as far as Washington DC and Pensacola Florida. These trips she often spoke of fondly.

In 1959, she married Charles Curtis (divorced 1990) and together they raised three boys Mike, Jon and Keith in Corpus Christi. Aside from being a woman programmer at a time when this was uncommon, she was a remarkable loving mother, taking care of her family and children through good times and tough ones at every turn. She was ever thoughtful, often putting them before herself. A quiet person by nature—but she could go from the base in computer operations to the kitchen to best friend for her friends in a flash. She was PTA mom, the March of Dimes mom for her kids, and Bunco hostess to her friends, and even school pageant duck costume seamstress if she needed to be at home. She made it look like this was done with ease, even if it wasn’t. She retired in the 90’s from the base and continued to live in Corpus Christi for many years, moving to College Station nearer her son Keith and family when she got a bit older. There she lived in assisted living with her son nearby, where she eventually knew everyone’s names and stories and attended games, activities and bible studies and was well liked by her neighbors.

She is survived by her sister Annie Cain of Mathis, Texas; brothers, Joe Satsky, Rick Satsky and wife Marta; brother-in-law, Thomas Gordy all of Corpus Christi, TX; sister-in-law, Irene Coker of Santa Barbara, CA; Sons, Jon Curtis and spouse Tom Duguay of Washington State, Keith Curtis and wife Melissa of College Station, Texas; grandchildren Neal Curtis-Duguay of WA, Kaitlyn Cho and husband Matthew of College Station, and Matthew Curtis of College Station; and multiple nieces and nephews and cousins whom she loved dearly.

Memorial service will be 6 June at 2PM in Corpus Christi, Texas with fellowship gathering immediately following on site. Inurnment of ashes will be at a later date.

Address: Memory Gardens Funeral Home and Cemetery 8200 Old Brownsville Rd. Corpus Christi, Tx 78415

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