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Bernice (Shaw) Lau Curtis

February 27, 1933 ~ May 29, 2022 (age 89)


Bernice Irene Lau Curtis was born on February 27, 1933 in Centerfield, Utah to Doyle T. Shaw and Alice B. Hone. Bernice grew up in Salina, Utah with her 4 brothers; Clair, VerLynn, Duane and Rodger Shaw. After the passing of her father Doyle, her mother Alice remarried to Dan Osborn.

Bernice met Dee Lau in Salina, Utah and they were married in Tacoma Washington on November 9, 1953. Together they raised four children; Marie, Kathy, Craig and Doyle in Southern California. Bernice and Dee loved spending time with their children and 16 grandchildren and had 38 1/2 wonderful years together before Dee passed away on July 31, 1992.

In 1994, Bernice met Gene Curtis at a Senior Center dance in Overton, Nevada. They were married a few months later in Salina, Utah. Gene had 3 daughters, Mary Lou, Helen and Ruth. Together, Bernice and Gene shared 26 grandchildren. Bernice had 54 great-grand children, and 9 great-great

Bernice had many talents and interests throughout her life including; dancing, singing in choirs, playing piano and organ, sewing, quilting, embroidery, ceramics, cake decorating, flower arranging, cutting hair, and serving in various church callings and volunteer assignments.

If you know Bernice, you know she has a deep love of animals, and her pets are her family. Over the years, she has nurtured several pet dogs and pet cats. To say she she spoiled her pets is an understatement, they meant the world to her.

In 1986, she ran for Mayor of Salina but was defeated. After 18 months, the elected Mayor quit and so Bernice was asked to run again for office, but she declined. Not long after, Bernice and Dee relocated to Overton, Nevada.

Bernice spent 16 years as a volunteer EMT, including roles as EMT Co-President, EMT secretary and scheduler for 10+ years. Bernice also set up the Logandale EMT station and created their schedule and program.

Preceded in death by: VerLynn (brother), Craig Lau (son), Dee Lau (husband), Kevin Lau (grandson), Rodger (brother), Gene Curtis (husband), Clair (brother), and Dylan Lau (grandson).

Bernice faced many challenges throughout her life, from being born prematurely to the many devastating losses of loved ones around her. Through various trials, hardships and illnesses, she remained resilient and always continued on.

Funeral Services will be held Friday,  June 3, 2022 at 11:00 a.m.(PST) at the Moapa Valley Mortuary, 5090 N. Moapa Valley Blvd, Logandale, Nevada 89021.   Visitation services will be held from 9:30  to 10:30 a.m. (PST) prior to the funeral service in Logandale.  Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. (MST) on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at the Salina City Cemetery, Main Street, Salina, Utah 84654.  Friends and family are invited to sign the online guest book at www.MoapaValleyMortuary.com

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Recording of Service


June 3, 2022

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Moapa Valley Mortuary
5090 N. Moapa Valley Blvd.
Logandale, NV 89021

Funeral Service
June 3, 2022

11:00 AM
Moapa Valley Mortuary
5090 N. Moapa Valley Blvd.
Logandale, NV 89021

Video is available for this event

Graveside Service
June 4, 2022

10:00 AM
Salina City Cemetery, Main Street, Salina, Utah

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