Jeane Y. Derby

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Jeane Y. Derby, age 90 of Tecumseh, died Friday, May 17, 2013 at Promedica Herrick Hospital. She was born June 20, 1922 in Ampthill, England, the daughter of Kenneth and Alice (Matthews) Simpson. She was married to George Derby on December 15, 1943 and he preceded her in death on July 1, 1987.

Jeane came to the United States from England in 1946. She was employed at Herrick Hospital in Tecumseh for 20 years, and then worked at Tecumseh Public Schools Library until 1992. Jeane was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Brooklyn and belonged to the Globe Trotters Club. She enjoyed gardening, traveling, going to church, and spending time with her family and friends.

Jeane is survived by a son, Stephen (Diane) Derby of Andover, Mass; daughter, Alison Knorr of Adrian; brother, Roger Simpson of Toledo, Ohio; sister, Anne (Borys) Majer of Bedford, England; four grandchildren Cindy (Mike) Hughes, Mike Knorr, Elisa Derby (Ben Mahnke), and Jessica (Lenny) Eusebi; eight great-grandchildren, Caleb, Haley, Michael, Noah, Abby, Anna, Andrew, and Sarah; many nieces and nephews; and dear friend, Edna Sager of Tecumseh. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Denis, sister Patricia, and son in law Michael Knorr.

At her request, cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 25, at Covenant Evangelical Presbyterian Church (St. Peter’s Episcopal), Tecumseh, at 11 a.m. with visitation from 10 a.m. until service time.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Jeane’s name to All Saints Episcopal Church, Brooklyn or to Hospice of Lenawee. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.handlerfuneralhomes.com.




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