Ilona 'Lonnie' Curtis
CICERO [mdash] Ilona "Lonnie" L. Curtis, 70, Cicero, died at her home Dec. 6, 2019, following an extended illness.
She was born June 25, 1949, to Harvey Marquand and Nema (Mulvaney) Marquand in Lafayette.
She grew up in Madison County and attended Alexandria High School. She received her diploma from Anderson High School in 1967. Lonnie earned a bachelor's and master's degree from Ball State University in secondary education. She taught for more than 30 years as a social studies teacher at Alexandria Jr. High/Middle School. As a professional educator, she also led several student activities including yearbook, school newspaper and Beta Club (honor society).
Lonnie's hobbies included card making and other artistic endeavors as well as water activities, which she enjoyed both in Indiana and Florida. She was well-known and loved for her sparkling eyes, contagious smile and quick sense of humor - all of which lit up any room.
She married her soulmate, Harry Curtis, on Oct. 29, 1986. Together, they raised a blended family of four children. Lonnie loved spending time with Harry, her children, grandchildren and her pets at her home in Cicero, which was built by her father. In their retirement years, she and Harry traveled to Florida in the winter months, where they made many friends and enjoyed the warm climate of Naples.
She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Beth (David) Bily and Tamara (Jason) Moore; two stepchildren, April Pruitt and A.J. (Susan) Curtis; grandchildren, Katherine and Allison Bily, Kelsey Tinch and Logan Pruitt, Aubrey, Nora and Maddux Curtis; and four great-grandchildren.
She also leaves behind her beloved pets, Roxie, Izzy and Kalli.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
A celebration of Lonnie's life will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019, at Owens
Funeral Home, 412 N. Harrison St., Alexandria, with Pastor Adam Brice officiating. Cremation will follow the service.
Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in her honor to the American Cancer Society at or the American Humane Society at Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home.
Owens Funeral Home is honored to care for Lonnie and serve the Curtis family.
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Published on December 14, 2019


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Nita Anderson Hiltner
Dec 15, 2019
Ilona was so wonderful. She went to Madison Heights for 9th grade where she was Ringo Starr to my George Harrison, Marcia Green's John Lennon and Landel Ellis's Paul McCartney. We all loved her sparkling eyes, her breathless speech and her nuttiness. I have missed her all these years and so sad to see she has passed. Rock on, Ilona!
Kristy Steaveson
Dec 15, 2019
I loved having Mrs. Curtis as a teacher! She made learning fun and you could tell she loved teaching and her students! RIP beautiful lady!