Alice Derrick

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Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 11:10 am

Feb. 26, 1919-July 17, 2012

Spokane, Wash.

Alice Derrick, 93, a former long-time resident of Ontario, Ore., died July 17, 2012, at St. Joseph Care Center in Spokane, Wash.

She was born Feb. 26, 1919, to William A. and Ola (Miller) Ellwood in Yakima, Wash. When she was 11 years old, her family journeyed to Weiser, Idaho, in a covered wagon. While camping near the river their wagon caught fire, and strangers in the town quickly became kind benefactors. On Aug. 1, 1937, she married the love of her life, John Derrick. They had 39 happy years together, where hard work was the way of life. In 1939 they moved to Ontario, where they made their life together while raising two daughters. After Alice’s husband died in 1976, she remained in Ontario until late 2004. Then, after living in Ontario for 65 years, she moved to Washington to be near her daughter and family. Alice loved gardening and every year they would grow and harvest a bountiful vegetable garden. As the years passed, the size of her garden became smaller and by age 85 she only planted a couple of vegetables. When she moved to a small apartment near Spokane, Wash., she began having a variety of potted plants and thoroughly enjoyed taking care of them. She had a very “green thumb” and loved the challenge and rewards of making a sick plant become healthy. She also loved making hand-tied quilts, and made a number of them for family and friends until she was in her 80’s. Alice always had good memories of working as a cook at the Ontario Junior High School cafeteria, where she enjoyed serving lunch to the children for 22 years before retiring in 1985. Alice’s greatest asset was her never-ending ability to love and give without limits or boundaries to anyone. No matter how little she might have, she was always willing to give to others. Although very frail at the end of her life, she still watched out for those around her and tried to put their needs first. Her generosity and gift-of-self made her wonderful and memorable.

For every sad heart she left here on earth, there are open arms waiting for her in Heaven, including her husband, John; all of her 13 sisters and brothers; her parents; her grandson, John and her great-great-grandson, Elias.

She is survived by her two daughters, Genevieve Steinmetz, of Medical Lake, Wash., and Wanda (Wayne) Sonnabend, of Mohave Valley, Ariz.; five grandchildren, Danny Powers, Karla (Steinmetz) Jones, Angela (Powers) Feiler, Michael Steinmetz and Mark Steinmetz; seven great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to express heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Brian Seppi and staff who tenderly administered to Alice during her seven and a half years in Washington.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorials be made to the charity of your choice.

The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 27, 2012, at Treasure Valley Baptist Church, 386 N. Verde Drive, Ontario. Interment will follow at Rosedale Memorial Gardens, 840 Sixth Avenue South, Payette.

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