Etta Mae Thompson Curless Wagoner - September 20, 2013

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RAVENA – Etta Mae Thompson Curless Wagoner, 77, passed away peacefully Friday, September 20, 2013 at St. Peter’s Hospital. Etta Mae died after spending her birthday watching her grandchildren’s ball games and going to bingo.


Etta Mae was born in Oakhill, NY September 14, 1936, daughter of the late Hazel Pangburn and Walter Thompson. She and her 9 siblings attended school in Middleburgh. Etta Mae worked for many years as a short order cook and waitress at restaurants such as Little Nick’s Diner and The Coffee Cup. She retired from customer service at K-Mart where she received awards for employee of the year and several employee of the month awards. She loved her senior trips, widow’s breakfasts, email, bingo, casinos, spending time with her grandchildren, hearing stories about their lives, the Chinese Buffet and playing cards until all hours of the night with her brothers and family. She will be sadly missed by many. Ding Ding Ding.


Survivors include her loving children, David Curless of Berne, Robert Curless of Littleton, NH, Laura Curless of Albany and Charles Wagoner Jr. of Claverack; numerous brothers and sisters; 17 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren (one on the way); and 1 great-great-granddaughter. Etta Mae was predeceased by her son Kenneth Curless Sr., grandson Kenneth Curless Jr., daughter Lisa Curless-Brandon and husband Charles Wagoner, Sr.


Funeral services will be held 11:30 AM Wednesday, September 25th at the Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena. Friends may call prior to the service on Wednesday starting at 10 AM. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.