Mildred Irene Jensen Deru

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    - Candace Harwood
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Mildred Irene Jensen Deru, 83, passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014. Millie was born Jan. 9, 1931. She was a native of southern California, where she lived until Dec. 1966 when she moved to Rainbow City and then to Ohatchee in 2007. She was an avid bowler (Hall of Fame) who loved to sew and feed her birds. Being with family and her bowling family were her greatest joys. Her precious pets throughout the years, Sniffles, Tootsie Bell, Daily, Brandy, Bow and Little Bit were wonderful companions. Millie retired from Health-Tex and then helped her granddaughter, Annette, at her store in Southside. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles F. Jensen and Josephine Gnitke; beloved grandparents who helped raise her, Charles C. and Fannie Jensen; sister, BethAnn Wing; her beloved daughter and son-in-law, Cheri and Ronnie Kitchens; great-grandson, Jacob Deru Roberson and very special granddaughter, Stefanie Kristen Deru. Millie is survived by her loving and caring children, Debbie (Stan) Baswell, Brenda (Jim) Hamby, Doug (Ginger) Deru and Kenny (Pam) Deru; sisters, JoAnn (Tom) Cantrell and Carlynan (Bill) Sandell; brother, Paul Gnitke Jr.; precious grandchildren, Kevin (Kim) Baswell, Annette (Kevin) Stephens, Jason (Wendy) Kitchens, Kim (Shawn) Nelson, Tammy Baswell, Timmy (Tammy) Richardson, Jennifer Deru and Lindsey Deru; great-grandchildren, Courtney (Beau) Patton, Garrett Kitchens, Cameron Bowling, Kade Kitchens, Kelsi Nelson, Layne Richardson, Somer Stephens, Cody Richardson, Kaylee Nelson, Konnor Baswell, Jesse Baswell and Aric Nelson; great-great-grandson, Ronnie Kitchens. She was a resident of Gadsden Health Care 800 Hall for the last seven months and under the care of Lawley Hospice where she and her family were treated with the utmost compassion and respect. We would like to express our sincere thanks to GHC and Lawley Hospice for their loving care they gave our mother. Her nurses and aids became such a wonderful part of our family. Due to her unselfishness, she has donated her body to UAB where she might play an important role in developing a cure for pulmonary fibrosis. Memorial service will be announced later. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Stefanie Kristen Deru Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Metro Bank, Southside, Alabama.
Published in The Anniston Star on Mar. 5, 2014