Curry, Mary Ellen (O'Brien) (August 25, 1873 - April 13, 1938)


Resident of Wyoming for Sixty-Five Years

Douglas Budget - April 14, 1938

Mrs. T.J. Curry, native of Wyoming and a resident of Converse county for the past 60 years, passed away at the Douglas hospital about 4 o'clock Wednesday morning, following a painful period of several months of ill health, the past five weeks of which were suffered at the hospital. About six weeks ago she sought relief from Denver specialists, but to no avail. Her daughter, Anna, was at the bedside when death came.

Mary Ellen O'Brien was born August 25, 1873, on Crow Creek, near Cheyenne, Wyo., the daughter of Capt. John D. and Anna O'Brien. Capt. O'Brien was one of those intrepid soldiers and Indian fighters who pioneered the western wilderness and subdued it to civilization. Not content with fighting the Comanches and Seminoles of the south, the Sioux in the north, with the union blue in the Civil war, in 1898, his fighting blood again stirred, at the age of 60 he donned the kahki and was commissioned a captain to the Spanish-American war. In 1878 he located a ranch on the LaPrele. Here Mary Ellen grew to womanhood.

In 1897 she was united in marriage to T.J. Curry, who passed away in Douglas in 1927. To this union nine children were born, five sons and four daughters, all of whom survive. They are Mrs. Claude Brooks of Colorado; Mrs. William Parker, Flagstaff, Ariz.; Ralph of Buffalo, Wyo.; Warren of Oklahoma City, Okla.; George and Douglas of Douglas, Wyo.; James of Wheatland; Anna of Douglas and Marianne of Oklahoma City.

Surviving also are four sisters, Mrs. Anna Sherwin of Portland, Ore.; Mrs. Ada Rielley of Glenrock; Mrs. Gus Race of Douglas and Mrs. Elizabeth Wiley of Glenrock; and a brother William O'Brien of Douglas.

Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock from the Catholic church, of which she was a life-long member. Here for the funeral are Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Curry, Mr. and Mrs. James Curry, Mrs. Wiley and Mrs. Rielley.


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