May 7, 1938-Nov. 27, 2017

Leila Marie Curran Larkin, 79, passed away on Nov. 27, 2017, at Renaissance Care in Deer Lodge, Montana.

Marie was born May 7, 1938, to William Emmett and Leila May Connolly in New Castle, Colorado.

During her teens, Marie moved to Anaconda, Montana where she graduated from Anaconda High School. She worked as a secretary before marrying her soulmate, James Curran in 1958. Together they had four children and raised their family in Deer Lodge. James preceded her in death in 1981.

Marie was a successful business woman, owning and operating Marie’s Beauty Salon for over 25 years. During her free time she enjoyed experimenting with different recipes and entertaining friends and family. She was also known for her drawing, painting and elaborate wedding cakes. Marie had a beautiful smile and a mischievous sense of humor.

Marie married widower Floyd Larkin and together they enjoyed many years of retirement. They traveled extensively across the United States and took great pleasure in being tour guides. As a couple, they were very active in community volunteering.

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Marie was a beloved mother and grandmother. She is survived by her children: Thomas Curran (Laurel Lee) of Deer Lodge; David Curran (Patti) of Ontario, Oregon; JoAnn Peters (Don) of Billings, Montana; Sharon Curran (Jeff Kinzer) of Chalfont, Pennsylvania; and Richard Larkin (Sara) of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Marie had eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Marie is also survived by her brother and lifelong closest friend, William Connolly of Anaconda, Montana.

A celebration of Marie’s life will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Deer Lodge on Saturday Dec. 2, 2017 at 11 a.m. A graveside service will follow immediately at Hillcrest Cemetery and all are invited to lunch at the Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Deer Lodge Art Club or the Deer Lodge Presbyterian Church.

Jewell Funeral Home is entrusted with Marie’s funeral arrangements.

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