Mrs. Kurtz died at 7:20 a.m., Sunday, July 14, 2013, at Willow Care Nursing Home.
She was born November 14, 1922, in Mitchell County, Iowa, to John Erbe and Mabel Wherry Erbe.
On August 17, 1942, she was married at Osage, Iowa, to James H. Kurtz, who preceded her in death on November 29, 2003. To this union, one son, Ian S. Kurtz was born. They lived in Osage, Iowa for several years before moving to Pomona, Missouri in 1954. Avis was employed at Rawlings Sporting Goods in Willow Springs, Missouri for several years. In 1968, she and James purchased the Hi-Way Store in Mountain View, Missouri and operated it for 15 years before selling it. They then moved to their farm in Pomona, Missouri where they raised beef, cattle and hay. In her retirement, Avis enjoyed her grandchildren, traveling and quilting. Mrs. Kurtz was a member of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, White Church, Missouri.
She is survived by her son, Ian Kurtz, Pomona, Missouri; one sister, Norma Gilmore, husband, Rex, Willow Springs, Missouri; three grandchildren, Eric Kurtz, wife, Sherry, Nixa, Missouri, Heather Kurtz, Springfield, Missouri and James Kurtz, wife, Michelle, Pomona, Missouri; five great-grandchildren, Breanna, Brittany, Aiden, Ian James and Kelby Kurtz; and several nieces and nephews.
Her parents, husband, two brothers, Don and Dale and her daughter-in-law, Camille, precede her in death.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 18, 2013 at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.