Dorothy Curtis Trafton, age 90, of Corrales, NM, passed away on February 3rd, 2022, due to complications from a stroke.
Dorothy was born in Albuquerque to Vincent Curtis and Dulcelina Salce Curtis, and she was the younger sister of Evelyn Curtis Losack. Dorothy grew up in Corrales working on the family farm and attending school. She attended Albuquerque High School, where she played the saxophone in the school band, and met her future ex-husband, Clint Trafton. They married after graduating high school and had three sons together.
She loved education and earned her master’s degrees in both physical education and counseling and guidance. Afterwards, she entered the educational field and taught at all levels until her retirement from Lincoln Middle School in Rio Rancho. She was awarded PE Teacher of the Year earning a spot on the US Olympic Committee of 1984.
A force on the dance floor of life, Dorothy never went unnoticed. She loved to sing and dance, and her energy, wit, and generosity were boundless. She taught, farmed, volunteered, traveled, and loved going on cruises. She was active in her church and community, serving on the Village Council among many other activities, and fiercely loved her family and her dogs.
Dorothy was a true matriarch, and we will all miss her EXUBERANCE for life.
Dorothy is survived by her three sons: Curt (Christina), Mitch (Debbie), and Clay (Sandra); her grandchildren: Alea (Mike), Tara, Craig (Samantha), Kelly (Paul), Chase (Kirsten); her great-grandchildren: Zara, Rowan, Olivia, Cade and Claire. She was also very fortunate to have found love, companionship, and dance partners later in life with E.J. Bereza and, after his passing, Bud Bolsinger.
She is dearly loved, and her feisty spirit will be missed by all who knew her.
Services will be held at San Ysidro Church, in Corrales, on February 18th at 9:00 am.
COVID restrictions are in place therefore mass will be limited to those who are vaccinated and wearing masks. The funeral will be livestreamed for those who are unable to attend in-person. All are welcome for the burial in the San Ysidro Cemetery following mass. A reception will follow in the church hall.
Lastly, in lieu of flowers, please donate to the Solo Club of Albuquerque or the Sodality of the San Ysidro Church.