PLYMOUTH - Marilyn Jeanette Derrickson (Astle), 88, of Reservoir Road, died Sept. 7, 2013, at Golden View Health Care Center, Meredith, after a long illness.
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Born in Peacham, Vt. on Dec. 14, 1924, Marilyn was the daughter of Rodney and Lucinda (Stevenson) Astle.
Marilyn was a member of the Peacham Academy (Caledonia Country Grammar School) basketball team until her graduation in 1942. She also sang with the northern Vermont country group, The Texas Ramblers. After high school, Marilyn entered the Cadet Nursing Program at Waltham Hospital, Waltham, Mass., graduating three years later among the class leaders.
Marilyn took a nursing job in St. Johnsbury, Vt., in order to be near her family. Later she worked in Harrisonburg, Va., and was commissioned a first lieutentant in the U.S. Air Force nursing group on Sept. 8, 1953, and was on duty almost two years.
On June 18, 1955, she married Robert A. Derrickson Jr. while they were both stationed at Ardmore Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Her Air Force family had duty assignments in New Jersey, Spain, Massachusetts and Nebraska, where she volunteered as a Girl and Boy Scout Leader. Upon Robert's retirement in 1969, Marilyn and her family moved to Plymouth, where despite long running physical difficulties, she continued her nursing career with positions at Speare Memorial Hospital, including emergency room nurse and a brief tenure as the director of nursing.
Marilyn was a longtime member of the Plymouth United Methodist Church where she excelled as a fundraiser, lay spokesperson and as the youth group leader. She also put her leadership skills to use at the Wanakee Methodist Center in New Hampton, as the camp nurse. Marilyn was also health officer for the town of Plymouth.
She was predeceased by her older brother Ralph and her younger brother Stephen.
Marilyn is survived by her husband Robert A. Derrickson Jr., of Plymouth, and their children Carrie (Derrickson) and Frank Deak of Prescott, Ariz., Ralph Derrickson and his wife Karen of Bainbridge Island, Wash., Robert Derrickson and his wife Susan of Hampstead, grandchildren Haylee and Elsa Derrickson of Bainbridge Island, Wash., and Matthew and Bradley Derrickson of Hampstead; younger sisters Rachel Wozniak of South Bend, Ind., Marjorie (Astle) Reed and her husband, Paul of Lyndonville, Vt., Helen Astle and brother Scott Astle, both of Portsmouth; many nieces and nephews.
SERVICES: Calling hours will be held in the Mayhew Funeral Home, 12 Langdon St., Plymouth on Saturday 2 p.m. to 3:30 pm. A service will follow at 3:30 p.m. at the funeral home. The Rev. Philip M. Polhemus, interim pastor of the Alexandria United Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.
To sign Marilyn's book of memories, please go to www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com.
Published in Union Leader on Sept. 12, 2013
Mayhew Funeral Home
12 Landgon Street Plymouth, NH 03264