Loudoun blogger, author and activist Barbara Curtis of Round Hill, author of the blog Mommylife.net and nine books on parenting, faith and politics, died October 30. She suffered a hemoral stroke on Sunday.
Curtis was known locally and nationally for her Montessori training and advocacy for homeschooling. An outspoken advocate for people with Down’s Syndrome, she had four children – three of them adopted – born with the disorder. Curtis often wrote about her own experiences raising children and shared parenting expertise. At the same time, she did not shy away from campaigning on controversial national and local issues, most recently circulating a petition demanding that the county allow only Judeo-Christian displays on the grounds of the Leesburg courthouse.
In biographical information on her blog, Curtis shared her troubled California youth and her journey to overcome addiction and find meaning in religious and family life; she and her family moved to Loudoun County in 2003. The announcement of her passing on her blog was answered by dozens of comments by shocked and saddened readers.
“She was a testimony to God’s grace and transforming power. She had a wise, compassionate heart, and had such an amazing impact on so many people she didn’t even know. I have no doubt that she is now hearing the words that all of us long to one day hear: ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant.’ Rest in peace, Barbara. You will be greatly missed, and we won’t let all your work be in vain. We will keep up the fight,” reads the tribute by fellow blogger Rachel Bjorklund.
In addition to her twelve children, Curtis is survived by her husband Tripp.