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Marion Louise Derr

Marion Louise Derr

Marion Louise Derr, age 90, of Hockessin, DE, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at Brackenville Center.

Born in Bethlehem, PA, Marion was the daughter of the late Earl and Marie (Bedner) Bruch. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sons, Kevin R. and Scott B. Derr, her sister, Kitty, her brother, Robert Bruch, and her former spouse, LeRoy Ralph Derr., Sr.

Marion is survived by her children, LeRoy R. Jr. of Wilmington, Eric A. (Carole), and Tracey A. Derr (Kathy), all of Oxford, PA, Kelly P. Derr (Colleen) of Landenberg, PA, Barry M. (Melissa) of West Grove, PA, and Dayna Derr-Getz of Stanton; eleven grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.  Also surviving is her brother, Earl Bruch, Jr. of Naples, FL.

Born the third of five children in the depression era Bethlehem, Pa. Marion used her formulative years to develop a strong “A” personality.

December of 1946, she and LeRoy R. Derr Sr. (Bud) married and began raising a family in Wilmington De. Mimi became a stay at home mom for the ensuing two decades while Bud worked hard to support their eight children, seven boys and one girl. With all her children taking music lessons, playing sports, running paper routes, participating in Boy Scouting she felt compelled to chauffeur everyone to doctor visits, emergency room episodes, PTA and church functions.  Mimi certainly could have qualified for the UBER Hall of Fame. At the time, it felt like an inordinate amount to accomplish, however, many friendships and social bonds were cultivated and carried forward for many years.

After her daughter, Dayna, started school in 1969, Mimi entered the University of Delaware to work on her undergrad. Degree in education. She graduated in 1976 and began teaching for the Red Clay School district, mostly in inner- city Wilmington DE. She retired in 1994 and spent the next 10 years doing volunteer work and watching her grandchildren grow and prosper.

Family was everything to Mimi and she worked hard at mending fences and creating a safe haven for those in need or a shoulder to cry on. She was the perfect host at gatherings. We’ll certainly miss Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners for 20-30 people and the warm fuzzy glow emanating from her Walton- like home.

Mimi was absolutely fearless, a strict disciplinarian and the matriarch of our large German-Scotch family. She demanded and received respect or if not, one suffered the wrath of Marion. It is comforting to know that many of her good traits were passed on to her progeny.

Her independence and out spoken-ness on politics and social issues were legendary in a Mark Twain/Will Rogers sort of way. Fear not, Marion, your legacy lives on.

Friends and family are invited to visitation on Monday August 19th from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. with funeral services beginning at 11 A.M. at St. Phillip’s Lutheran Church, 5320 Limestone Rd, Wilmington, DE 19808.  Burial will be private. 

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Submitted by Katie Bratt on
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On behalf of The Bratt family (Katie, John, Delilah, and Cassidy) we’d like to express our condolences to your family and also let you know that you’re in our prayers. I really enjoyed meeting and chatting with Mimi at family events.

Submitted by Cathy Barr on
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My Condolences to Tracey, Kathy and Dayna. As well as the rest of the family. She is with the lord now pain free. May she remain in your hearts and prayers forever.

Submitted by Sheila Kern on
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My deepest sympathy to Dayna and her family. The few times I spent with Mimi, I know God has a sweet and intelligent person on his team. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Submitted by Brenda Kendrick on
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My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I am the childhood friend of Brenda. I know Brenda spoke many times of her talks with Mimi and what good advice she received from her. Prayers for everyone who will miss this strong Matriarch.

Submitted by Gladys Deskins on
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Marian was a true friend, a gifted teacher, a confidant and had a zest for life.She was a professional in all areas of her achievements.She certainly influenced my life. I miss her already. My condolences to her family.

Submitted by Lisa Miller on
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Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.

Submitted by Gail Springer Wagner on
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On behalf of the Springer family, our deepest condolences for entire Derr family.

Submitted by Patti J Yergey on
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Deepest sympathies to all members of the Derr family. I didn't spend a lot of time with this family, but lived behind their house. Don't know how she kept all of those boys in line, but many memories are yours to cherish.

Submitted by Mike Reid on
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The Reid Family is sorry for your loss. Your family will be in our thoughts.

Submitted by Guy Buchler on
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To the entire Derr family, Lee, Tracey, Eric, Kelly, Barry and Dayna, Spouses and Grandchildren. I send my deepest condolences to everyone, and everyone that knew her over the years on the passing of Mrs. Derr. She was a great lady and mother to all that were able to spend any amount of time with her. Going to school from 1st Grade with Scott, my nickname creator, and knowing all of his siblings, was very special to me and it brings back so many fond memories. My apology for not being able the service tomorrow, but you will all be in my prayers. Fondly, Guy "Blotus" Buchler Fenwick Island, DE

Submitted by John Harbeson on
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To the entire Derr family, I am sorry to hear of your mothers passing. I was out of town and just learned that she has passed. I most definitely would have been to the service. I have many memories of growing up with all of the Derr’s. Hope to see you sometime in the future. So sorry for your loss, she was quite a lady.

Submitted by The Flynn Family on
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Our condolences to the Derr family on the passing of your mother. Our mother Betty Glynn and aunt Ann Winner worked at D&R deli and Walt's delicatessen with LeRoy (Bud) and Tracy. They often spoke fondly of Marion and loved working for the Derr family. May you find peace and comfort in your fond memories of your dear mother.

Submitted by Olivia on
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I am truly sorry for your loss. May God give you and your entire family strength and bring you joy and peace that you deserve. The scriptures in Revelation 21:4 gives us encouragement. God promises death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. So we know that all these things that bring pain in our lives will be done away with in the future. Please read them and they will give you strength and hope during this tough time.

Submitted by Olivia on
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I am truly sorry for your loss. May God give you and your entire family strength and bring you joy and peace that you deserve. The scriptures in Revelation 21:4 gives us encouragement. God promises death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. So we know that all these things that bring pain in our lives will be done away with in the future. Please read the scriptures in the Bible and they will give you strength and hope during this tough time.