Monica P. Curry, occupational therapy assistant, teacher

January 25, 2013

Monica P. Curry, 98, a former Montgomery County substitute teacher who later worked as an occupational therapy assistant in the region, died Dec. 23 at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring.

She had complications from pneumonia, said her daughter, Mary Elizabeth Curry.

After moving to the Washington area in 1950, Mrs. Curry was a substitute kindergarten teacher at Oakland Terrace Elementary School in Silver Spring and a home-instruction teacher for Montgomery public schools from 1952 to 1956.

In 1961, she received certification in occupational therapy, and for the next six years, she worked as a therapy assistant in nursing homes and hospitals. She retired in 1967 from Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park.

Monica Patricia Haussler was a native of Hoosick Falls, N.Y. She received her teacher’s certification in 1933 from what was then the New York State College for Teachers at New Paltz. In 1937, she received a nursing degree from St. Peter’s Hospital School of Nursing in Albany, where she was class president. She taught and worked as a registered nurse in Albany before moving to Washington.

She was a Silver Spring resident and a member of St. John the Evangelist Church in Silver Spring. She volunteered at Leafy House, a residence for senior citizens in Silver Spring.

Her husband of 58 years, Joseph Curry, died in 1997. Survivors include two children, Christopher Curry of San Francisco and Mary Elizabeth Curry of Silver Spring.

— Megan McDonough

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