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Gwendolyn E. “Gwen” Curzon

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Gwendolyn E. “Gwen” Curzon

August 17, 1918 ~ June 7, 2014

Gwendolyn E. Curzon, better known as Gwen, passed away suddenly after complications from a major surgery on June 7, 2014. Gwen was ready to join the Lord’s house, as she had lived a long, fulfilling and joyous life in Chelan for 50 years on Lakeshore Drive. Gwen was born in Hugoton, KS to E .W. and Ethel Bell Joslin. Gwen was the only daughter and she had four brothers. Two of her brothers are still known today as the “Fighting Iron Men” of Oregon State University football lore. In 1933, they played number one University of Southern California to a 0-0 tie to break USC’s 25 game unbeaten streak. OSU made no substitutions during the entire game, hence the nickname that has proudly stuck to this day. Gwen graduated from Corvallis High School and attended Marylhurst College. She then met and married her first husband, Edward Phillip Ferris. She traveled the country during World War II, as her husband was a special agent with the FBI. In 1954, they moved to Chelan, WA, where Ed became the city attorney for nine years, until his death in 1963. In 1965, Gwen met and married John J. Curzon. John was the Superintendent of the Howe Sound Mining Company for 25 years at Holden, WA. It was with her new marriage, that she moved into their home on Lake Chelan and was blessed to live “on the lake” for 50 years. Gwen was a sharp businesswoman. After John passed away, she took over complete management of Cur-Mac Orchard in Manson from 1976 until 1992, when her son, Ed, moved back home to take over its day-to-day management, until its sale to a large developer in 2006. Gwen was known for being a walker, as she kept the “trails” all over the Chelan area and Riverwalk Park hot with her little Yorkies and Poodles. Gwen so loved the beauty and serenity of the Chelan valley and the lake itself. She became the chairman of the American Heart Association, as well as the secretary for the Republican party.

Gwen was preceded in death by her parents, E. W. and Ethel Joslin; husbands, Ed Ferris and John J. Curzon; and her four brothers. She is survived by her son, Edward G. Ferris of Chelan; and grandson, Brendan Alan Ferris.

As per her request, there will be No Services. We invite you to visit our website at to view Gwen’s video and also feel free to leave any thoughts and memories for the family there. Arrangements are under the direction of Precht Rose Chapel of Chelan.

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