Oct. 17, 1946 — Dec. 25, 2018
Rainier resident Rebecca Jo Derby (Perez) was born in St. Helens, Ore., on Oct. 17, 1946, and passed away on Dec. 25, 2018, in Portland.
She was married for 45 years to Philip W. Derby, and had two children, Mona Derby, and Joshua Derby (Thuong-Thuong). They survive her. Also surviving are six siblings, Vernon Marshall (Karen) and Malinda Jones (Darren), both of Rainier, Edward Perez (Lisa), Robert Perez (Shelly), Cynthia Welzenbach (Mike) and Arlene Felix (Johnny), all of Carefree, Ariz.; her stepmother, Mary Perez of Carefree; two brothers-in-law, Mike Derby (Janice) of Rainier, and Danny Derby (Glenda) of Longview; many beloved cousins, nieces, and nephews in Oregon and California, including Beth Kennedy, a special cousin who supported her through her long illness; and an uncle, Vincent Perez of La Mirada, Calif.
Rebecca was preceded in death by her parents, Jesus Perez and Laverne Marshall; two brothers, Dwayne and Wade Marshall (Cheryl); and a brother-in-law, Larry Derby (Wanda).
Rebecca attended high school in California and Oregon, graduating from St. Helens High School in 1964. She was an executive secretary and then a librarian for the Trojan Nuclear Power Plant before returning to college to earn a degree in medical records technology. She then had a career as a coding specialist and analyst, retiring from Legacy Health Systems in Portland.
She loved her beautiful yard with its fountain, pond and waterfall, flowering trees, roses, and rock walls and pathways, all spread across the hillside home she made with her husband for 41 years in Rainier. She served on the Rainier Library Board, played with a local bunco group, and was a member of the Wabanang Chapter of Eastern Star in Clatskanie. She enjoyed sewing and reading along with her most recent fun, her new I-Pad, watching Mexican dancers and listening to music, or regularly checking out the Hatfield Marine Science Center’s Octopus Cam from Newport.
She passed away at Good Samaritan Hospital after a lengthy illness with kidney disease and other complications that she bravely persevered through with the love and support of her family, whom she dearly loved. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends, past colleagues, and her two silly kitties.
A service is planned for 1 p.m. Friday at Alston’s Corner Assembly of God Church.