Holding on to 105 years of history

Saturday, September 14, 2019
Margaret Curbow, 105, Aurora, will observe her 105th birthday on Sunday, Sept. 22. A birthday party and open house is slated 2 to 4 p.m. for her in the fellowship hall at the Marionville Church of the Nazarene, 505 S. Necessity St., in Marionville. Curbow’s birthday wish is for those attending to donate one or more non-perishable food items to the church pantry. Refreshments will be served. Contributed photo

Local to celebrate milestone birthday with party, open house

A birthday party and open house in celebration of Margaret Curbow's 105th birthday will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 22, at Marionville Church of the Nazarene, 505 S. Necessity St., in Marionville. Her wish is that attendees bring one or more non-perishable food items for the church pantry.

Margaret I. Davis was born Sept. 20, 1914, at Hurley, in a two room house, the third of five children. Her parents were George and Susie Davis, who died on the same night in Nov. 1918 of the Spanish Flu. They were buried in the same casket.

She was raised by a foster family, Martin and Birdie Mitchell. She remembers them as a wonderful Christian couple who were very faithful in the church. They attended many tent revival meetings.

Margaret, whose birth certificate lists her middle name simply as "I", had "va" added to it by the foster family. Making it Margaret Iva. Her family began calling her, "Aunt Ivan" and that has stuck.

Margaret worked in a canning factory in Browns Spring, as well as on the farm doing chores like milking the cows.

She met Oscar Davern Curbow and they married on August 15, 1934.

They spent three years in Kansas City during WWII, then began pastoring a Home Mission Church of the Nazarene in Olathe, Kan. They pastored for 16 years. They then began working for Silver Dollar City in 1984 and Margaret retired from there after 15 years, one year longer than Oscar. He died Jan. 23, 2002, after 67 years of marriage. The couple had one daughter, Judy. Margaret now has four grandsons, eight great-grandchildren, and 15 great-great-grandchildren.

Curbow said high points in her life, included the moment she was saved as a child; when she married Oscar; and the birth of her daughter.

She said loose morality, falling away from the church, and the increase of drug use were three of society's worst downfalls.

For more information, call 417-678-4554 or 417-366-0367.