Della Mae Currier Townsend, 95, of Longview and a former Sunnyside resident, passed away on Thursday, May 23, 2013. She was born Feb. 25, 1918 in Cottonwood, Idaho to Arthur and Ella Mae Williams. She was the fourth child of five, and the only daughter. Her mother died at a young age and she was raised by an aunt and uncle in North Carolina. She attended Lutheran school for girls. She moved back to Idaho in her early 1920s and married William Currier. They homesteaded a farm in Sunnyside after WWII. They had two sons, Larry Currier and Monte Currier. Della taught second grade most of her working years in the Sunnyside School District. She was very proud of her work teaching children to read. She continued to substitute after retirement and tutored children in reading into her 1990s. At the age of 78, she married her childhood sweetheart Willard Townsend, and moved to Jacksonville, Fla., where she lived until he died 10 years later. Shortly thereafter she moved to Longview to be near her family. Della was passionate about her country and a devout Christian who prayed fervently for her family. She was deeply loved by her family and friends and will be greatly missed. She is survived by her sons Larry and Monte; daughters-in-law, Pam Currier and Leah Currier, 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Della was preceded in death by all of her brothers; Dale Williams, Delbert Williams, Dallas Williams and Dennis Williams.
She will be interned at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, or to your local Assembly of God Church missions program. Dahl’s Funeral Home in Longview was in charge of arrangements.