Local author and blogger Barbara Curtis died on Oct. 30 surrounded by her family after suffering a hemoral stroke.
Curtis, a mother of 12, was 64.
In addition to her 12 children, she is survived by her husband, Tripp.
A funeral mass will be held at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church in Purcellville followed by a private burial.
“She was the most incredible person I have ever known. Brilliant communicator, constant seeker of truth, champion of the weak, fierce opponent of injustice, lover of art, music, literature and culture, believer in constant examination of self and motivation, consumed with passion for life and family, and an undying zeal to pursue God’s will. She was a force to be reckoned with,” said Curtis’ husband Tripp on her website Mommylife.net.
Curtis, an author of nine books that focused on spiritual life and parenting, was well-known in not only Loudoun County, but the country for her outspoken tenacity.
A California native and former Montessori teacher, Curtis overcame an alcohol addiction in 1980 and went on to lead a spiritual life, according to her blog.
She began writing in 1993, mostly for other mothers who wondered how Curtis could juggle homeschooling her children “while dealing with toddlers and nursing babies.”
“I realized I had a lot to share, based on my blend of Montessori training, practical experience in the classroom and home, and my transformation from me-first mothering to true devotion to my family,” Curtis said on her blog.
Four of Curtis’ children, three of which were adopted, have Down Syndrome. In her lifetime, Curtis furiously campaigned for Down Syndrome awareness.
Curtis was boosted even more onto the national scene in 2010 when her daughter, Maddy, was featured on Season 9 of “American Idol.”
The caring mother can be seen on footage of the popular TV singing competition showing love and encouragement to her daughter, who made it to the Hollywood round of the program.
Since her death, Curtis’ blog has been inundated with tributes from friends and fans.
“Rest in peace, Barbara. You will be greatly missed, and we won’t let all your work be in vain. We will keep up the fight. Our prayers are with your husband Tripp and your children as they grieve,” said friend and fellow blogger Rachael Bjorklund.
“Oh, Curtis family, my heart is broken for you. I can’t imagine how catastrophic this loss is for all of you. I have enjoyed Barbara’s blog for many years, she definitely was someone who helped me “grow up” in my mothering, and I appreciated that so much. Appreciated also her clear love and enjoyment of her own family and her passionate advocacy of the unborn and those with special needs …” said Debbie Kierstead.
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