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Maggie Lee Curry Laster, known affectionately as Maggie to all who had the pleasure of crossing her path, left this world on December 11, 2023, embraced by the peaceful surroundings of Graceville, Florida.
Born on September 8, 1949, in Coffee County, Alabama, Maggie's journey through life was marked by an unwavering spirit and a heart that knew no bounds.
Maggie's early years in Alabama set the stage for the incredible woman she would become. Her essence was a vibrant tapestry woven with threads of love, passion, and generosity, qualities that she carried with her throughout her life. In the natural course of life, Maggie departed from us, leaving behind a legacy that mirrors the beauty and strength of her character.
Though Maggie was preceded in death by her beloved parents, Sherman Sr. and Earline Cox Curry, her husband, Jessie Laster, her caring stepmother, Jessie Mae Curry, her cherished children, James Daffin, Jr., and Latricia Laster Watford, and her eleven siblings, Inez Curry Ramsey, Minnie Sheffield, Mary Peterson, Johnnie Mae Curry, Betty Jean Curry, Frank Curry, Carlton Ray Curry, James Jerome Curry, Jimmy Lee Curry, Sherman Curry, Jr., and Clifford Curry; and a sister-in-law: Jewellene Curry.
Maggie's love lives on through her sons, Antony Curry of Atlanta, Georgia, and Dwight Laster of Graceville, Florida; her daughters, Angela Sorey of Baltimore, Maryland, Debra (Eddie) Myrick, and Karla Daffin-Smith, both of Graceville, Florida. Her brothers, Elkay Curry of Chipley, Florida, Danny Curry of Miami, Florida, John Curry of Graceville, Florida, and Willie Charles Nix of Ocala, Florida, along with her nine sisters, Hilda (John) McClendon of Graceville, Florida, Josephine Curry of Noma, Florida, Ann Curry of Blountstown, Florida, Frankie Curry, Betty Marshall, Juline Gardner, Sharon Curry, all of Chipley, Florida, Gloria Nix of Dade City, Florida, and Laura McClain of Youngstown, Ohio; a sister-in-law: Veryl Curry also carry her spirit forward.
Maggie's twenty-three grandchildren will forever cherish the wisdom she imparted and the unconditional love she gave. Special nieces: Anita "NeNe" Curry, Jessie Blandenburg, Taishia Walker, and Shera Diaz-Cruz; her dear friend Janice; friendly neighbors Kelvin Daniels and Sonja Russell; and a host of other relatives and friends all felt the warmth of Maggie's embrace. Shanell Ward, who was like a daughter to Maggie, will hold dear the memories and moments shared.
Maggie's life was a testament to the power of redemption and transformation as she rededicated her life back to Christ, exemplifying the beauty of faith and the strength of the human spirit. Her work history and association involvement were not just jobs and memberships; they were platforms for her to touch lives, to give, and to love.
Her interests were simple yet profound. Maggie found joy in cooking, not just for the sake of preparing meals, but as an expression of her love for family and friends. She understood that a shared table could build the strongest of bonds and the sweetest of memories. Maggie's loving nature, her passion for life, and her generosity of spirit were the ingredients that made her dishes—and her life—extraordinary.
As we bid farewell to Maggie Lee Curry Laster, let us remember that her life was a master class in love, a symphony of kindness, and a dance of joy. She taught us that to live passionately is to touch the lives of others profoundly, to give generously is to enrich one's own soul, and to love without limits is the most beautiful legacy one can leave. Maggie's departure is not an end, but a continuation of her influence in the lives of those she touched. Her story is one that inspires us to embrace every moment with love, to pursue our passions with zeal, and to share generously with those around us. As we reflect on her life, let us carry forward the torch of her spirit, illuminating the path for others as she so brightly did for us. Maggie, your life was a gift, and your memory is our treasure.