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.