Suzanne Curnutte was raised in Caney, Kansas, where her dad was an M.D. and her mom an R.N. She has worked in the medical field nearly all her life and found her career as a home care and hospice nurse to be extremely fulfilling. In 1995, she was a single mother working as a home health R.N. when she met Ed Curnutte, when his father was her patient. The couple recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. They have six children and five grandchildren. Curnette has called Union home for the past 23 years, and she enjoys being involved with youth sports, Union First United Methodist Church, Union Lions Club and the Union Parks Board Advisory.
When I was a kid, I wanted to be … a teacher or a travel agent.
What would you rather be doing right now? Traveling cross-country with my husband.
Shhhhh! Don’t tell anyone that … I walked away from an airplane crash when I was 17.
Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? Graduating nursing school as a single mother, and my own mother was there to “pin” me.
It really stinks when … people argue over politics.
What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Bubbly, and one who “talks a lot.”
I always laugh … when I watch “The Three Stooges.”
Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? What would you serve? Tom Hanks, Jimmy Stewart and Mr. Rogers (Fred Rogers). I would serve pasta and a nice Chianti.
At the end of a really long day at work, I like to … put my feet up, get into my jammies and watch Netflix.
People who knew me in high school thought I was … outgoing, friendly … a little bossy.
My most unforgettable brush with greatness was … shaking hands with John Wayne at Six Flags over Texas with my family, and I have the photo to prove it.
I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to … sit behind home plate at a Cardinals game.
If someone gave me a million dollars, there is still no way I would … keep it all to myself.
America should be more concerned about … health care for all and high prescription costs.
I’m OK if there’s ever a national shortage of … eggplant.
When I’m in a bookstore, I always go to this section first: biography and historical fiction.
What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? Make each day count.
When I’m cruising down the road, I’m likely listening to … NPR or Sirius XM radio.
I always get sentimental when … I hear my mom’s favorite songs on the radio or Pandora.
The older I get, the more I realize … that life is short, and we should be kinder to each other!
If I had one “do-over” I would … have kept all my brothers’ old comic books and baseball cards.
My favorite item of clothing is … shorts and T-shirts.
If I’ve learned anything at all … it’s that attitude is everything .
What do you wish Washington or Franklin County had to offer? Go-karts and putt-putt places for date nights.
Who is your personal hero or mentor? My mother, the sweetest, strongest, kindest person I have ever known.
A historical figure I’d like to meet is ... Amelia Earhart.
In my opinion there is no more beautiful place on Earth than … Hallstatt, Austria. (My husband and I spent our 20th anniversary there.)
I’ll watch the movie anytime it is on television: “Forrest Gump.”
What’s your superpower? I’m not afraid to walk up on stage or talk to a crowd “off the cuff.”
If you could know the absolute and total truth to one question, what question would you ask? Are we alone in the universe?