Donna Virginia Curtis (Robason) of Post, Texas formerly of Hobbs, New Mexico, passed away, peacefully, on October 8, 2023. She was 80 years old. She was born July 3, 1943, in Brownwood, Texas to Don and Frances Robason. Donna attended McMurry College and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1965. She went on to live in Roswell, New Mexico where she taught high school English at Dexter High School. Donna worked for Cox, Imke & Proctor Law Firm as a legal secretary. She earned her Master of Arts Degree at Denver University from the School of Librarianship in 1977. Donna proudly served as an educator and a librarian for the Hobbs Municipal School District for over 25 years at Heizer Junior High. She was responsible for securing several grants for the school district that helped pay for librarians to attend New Mexico and Texas conferences. She also helped set up the Stone and College Lane Libraries in the early 80’s. This led her to become the Elementary Library Coordinator for all 12 elementary schools in Hobbs. She oversaw general library operations and purchasing of books. After retiring in 2008, Donna committed her time and efforts into establishing a Friends of the Library Program and store for the Hobbs Public Library. The Friends of the Library officially began in December of 2010 and the program and store still remain today. Books brought her joy, as well as being able to delight in the repurposing of books which was a labor of love. Donna is a breast and endometrial cancer survivor, and she truly was a warrior.
Donna is survived by her brother, Mark Robason (Nancy) of Christoval, Texas; daughters, Kaaren Curtis of Post, Texas, and Robin Gates (Bryan) of Voorhees, New Jersey; five grandchildren, Casey Curtis of San Antonio, Texas, Tyler Dickerson (Mary) of Lubbock, Texas, and triplets, Kendall, Preston and William Gates of Voorhees, New Jersey. She was preceded in death by her parents, Don and Frances Robason.
A celebration of life will be held in 2024. If you wish to honor Donna, please donate to the Hobbs Public Library or your local Friends of the Library.