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Deborah Sue Derrick

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Apr. 2, 1952 - Feb. 1, 2014

Deborah Sue Derrick came into this world as Deborah Sue Ransdell on April 2, 1952 as the 2nd born daughter of Nolan Victor Ransdell and Mary Oleta Ransdell. She was born at Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley, CA. She is survived by her sisters Evelynn and Dennis Heine, Juanita and David Guild and her loving father Nolan Ransdell. Also her loving daughters, Allison and Wally Simpson and Ashley and Steven Holland and 7 grandchildren: Elizabeth, Victoria and Sierra Holland, Tessa and Gabriel Hindson, Henry Simpson and Hunter Derrick. Debi is also survived by 3 nephews, Cameron and Craig Veatch and Jason Solares, and their loving wives and families. Troy Derrick and wife Jackie, George's son and daughter-in-law have known and visited with Debi.
Debi attended Brawley schools and graduated from Brawley Union High School. She graduated from Palomar College in San Marcos with a Certified Food Certificate. She worked as a Food Service Assistant for the State of California from 1985 until her retirement in 2005. Debi married George Derrick on April 21, 2013 by her loving and fun younger sister Juanita, in the house that she was raised in. Debi and George met and began their life together as best friends, loyal to each other in every way. They have laughed and cruised together. They traveled and viewed many wonders together and are thankful for the time they had together. Debi and George have been active members of the Gold Wing Road Riders Assn. CY-1 Chapter of Victorville, CA and have had the fun and camaraderie of many friends in Victorville and around the nation. She can also drive the big motorcycle by herself. In their many travels together we have toured the nations capital, and rode with over 500,000 other riders through the streets of Washington D.C. The have been to Disneyland and Epcot Center, then to Key West Florida. Debi enjoyed decorating homes and yards, shopping, entertaining, playing with Cooper. She also enjoyed visiting family and friends, traveling, playing games, her iPad and bowling. Her favorite food was mexican food, coconut shrimp, chunky monkey ice cream and pralines and creme. Debi was the toughest lady we have ever known, in spirit, mind and body. She is deserving of our love and respect. She was a great daughter, woman, mother, grandmother and wife. She was a great homemaker and confident companion. Her love was a special love to be known and honored. Just as Debi and George began their time together Debi acquired a little friend by the name of Cooper. He was became a loyal, loving companion and service dog and such a comfort to Debi. George and Debi also have two other pals Kitty Cat and Rosie and a Palomino Horse named Lucky. She enjoyed and loved them all. She will never be forgotten. Debi will have a final resting place at the Restland Cemetery in Roxton, Texas. George's grandfather purchased the plot in the Mid 1800 for families needs. She will be surrounded by a loving family that would have loved her also. It is important to see Debi in the light of a ship going over the horizon while you can't see her any longer, you know she is still there. She is still here with all of us, with her love, and her smile and laughter. We are all going to miss her but will never forget her.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 15 at 1 p.m. at Frye Chapel and Mortuary in Brawley with Pastor Bob Myers officiating. Debi will be laid to rest at Restland Cemetery in Roxton, Texas on the 22nd of February, with services at the First Baptist Church at 1 p.m. in Roxton, TX.


Published in Imperial Valley Press Online from Feb. 11 to Feb. 13, 2014
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