DORA “ANN” W. DERBY

Dora “Ann” W. Derby of Wilmington, DE, passed away comfortably while in hospice care in Wilmington on 4/15/2019.

Ann was born in 1918, during the “Spanish” Flu Epidemic, in Harford County, Darlington, MD, the daughter of William and Lydia Wimmer. As a child, her parents moved to Oxford, PA, and then to Maryland.

She attended high school in Calvert, MD, and attended Beacom College in Wilmington. She married Maxwell Derby, Jr. in 1941, with whom she raised two sons and enjoyed a sixty-four year marriage until his death in 2005.

She was predeceased by her sister, Dorris Holmes; her brothers, Wilbur, Charles, and Robert Wimmer. On the Derby side, she was predeceased by Robert Derby, and wife Elizabeth, Wilbur Derby, and wife Helen, Margaret Gardiner and husband William, Mary Forrest and husband Kenneth, Thelma Malkin and husband Thomas, as well as nephews Robert Derby and wife Rachel, and James Forrest and wife Bonnie, and her niece, Gretel Malkin. Ann was the last of the ‘greatest generation’ of the Derby-Wimmer families.

She is survived by her sons; Maxwell Derby III of Richmond VA, Douglas Derby of Miami FL and her grandson, Ian Maxwell Derby, of Wilmington. She is also survived by Robert Wimmer’s wife, Sherry, and his children, Patsy, Robert, Jr., and Sherry; Her sister’s son, James Holmes, who lives in Albuquerque, NM. Her brother Wilbur’s four sons, Samuel, Timothy, John, and Mark who live in California.

Surviving members of the Derby clan include; Ronald Derby and wife, Marie, of Vinland NJ, Mrs. Diane Dotson and husband, Toby, of Rehoboth, DE, Mr. Robert Forrest and wife, Jane, of Rehoboth, Mr. William Derby and wife, Sylvia, of Rehoboth, Thelma Mary Gardiner of Summit Hill, PA, Mrs. Maxine Vermillion and husband , Louis of Summit Hill.

Ann and her husband enjoyed many years of playing golf at Concord Country Club, and as guests at other clubs in the Wilmington-Philadelphia area. Another passion was contract bridge, which she played until 2011. When age and infirmity diminished the availability of her long-time partners, Ann tried to maintain her skill by using applications on her home computer.

Ann and Max were members of Green Hill Presbyterian Church for fifty-seven years, where they participated, on multiple occasions, on each of leadership committees. In later years they transferred to Presbyterian Church of the Covenant. Ann at age 98, was still driving herself to church.

Friends may greet the family at the McCrery and Harra Funeral Home, 3924 Concord Pike, Wilmington from 10:00 to 11:00 AM on Thursday May 9, 2019. A funeral service will begin at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow in Greenhill Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Wilmington.