By Lindsey Ziliak
Tribune staff writer
Marjorie Noreen Crowder Currens, 90, Kokomo, passed away Thursday, March 21, 2013, at Community Howard Regional Health. She was born April 11, 1922, in Delphi, to Charles Parker Crowder and Jessie Florence Wiley. On July 17, 1948, she married Frederick Richard Currens in Kokomo, and he preceded her in death.
She graduated from Delphi High School in 1940 and later moved to Kokomo from Delphi with her sister, Jeanette, to work in the defense factories, Haynes Stellite, during World War II. She was an avid sports fan who rooted for the Kokomo Wildcats, Haworth Huskies and Indiana University sports. She especially loved Bob Knight and Indiana basketball. She also loved watching and rooting for the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers and the St. Louis Cardinals. She enjoyed gardening and keeping a clean house.
She and Fred were blessed with two loving and caring daughters, Nancy Currens Hill and Pamela Currens Fortson. Her two grandchildren, Robert Kyle Fortson and Kelly Leigh Fortson Ackerman, were the apple of her eye, as was her great-granddaughter, Isabella Fortson.
She is also survived by her 97-year-old sister, Jeanette Hickman; sons-in-law, Larry Hill and Bob Fortson; granddaughter’s husband, Chad Ackerman, and grandson’s wife, Monique; stepgrandchildren, Kim Fortson Pratt and son Colton, Brad Fortson and children, Caleb, Lexi and Evan, Jackie Branch and husband Scott and children Kaile and Joe, and Michele Pena and husband Luis and children Karah, Kassie, L.J., and Curtis; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Wilbur, Charles, Thomas and Perry; and sisters, Florence, Mary, Dorothy and Luella.
The funeral service will be at noon Monday at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home. Entombment will follow in Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery. Visiting hours will be from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Messages of condolence may be expressed online at www.sunsetmemorygarden.com.