Russie Derigne

Obituary of Russie Derigne

Russie Mae Derigne, 91, of Windsor, Missouri, died Saturday, March 12, 2005, at Windsor Health Care and Rehabilitation Center in Windsor. She was born January 19, 1914, in Casper, Alberta Canada, the daughter of Marmaduke Galbraith and Mary Violet (Carver) Galbraith. At the age of three, she and her family moved to Deepwater, Mo. When she was fifteen, they moved to Pleasanton, Kansas, where she finished high school. On September 14, 1938, in Mound City, Kansas, she married John Walter Derigne, who preceded her in death June 22, 1965. Russie and her husband, John, traveled a great deal with the Peabody Coal Company. Russie was a homemaker, a loving Mother, who also enjoyed fishing, and golfing with her host of friends. She was a treasured member of the Windsor Methodist Church, and was a long time Windsor resident. Survivors include a niece, Mary Jane Gebhardt, Clinton, Mo.; 3 great-nieces, Ada Gebhardt Belton, Mo., Angela Heilman and husband, Ken, Boise, Idaho, and Kathi Chulick and husband, John, Big Sky, Montana; 2 great-great nieces, Katy Ihrig and husband, Paul, Wichita, Kansas, and Samantha Chulick, Big Sky, Mont.; and a great-great-nephew, Drew Heilman, Boise, Ida. The newest member of the family, eight month old Ashley Louise Ihrig, enjoyed visiting with her great-great-great Aunt Russie in early March. Russie is also survived by her caregiver, Cheryl Chaney. In addition to her husband, Russie was preceded in death by a son, John Richard Derigne, a sister, Grace M. Hobbs, and a nephew, James F. Hobbs. Russie's gift of friendship was ageless. She was loved by young and old alike. She was a very special person who greeted everyone with a smile, and made a real difference in the lives of those who knew her. Graveside funeral services will be Tuesday, March 15, 2:00 p.m., at the Laurel Oak Cemetery, Windsor, with Rev. Bruce Jefferies officiating. Friends may call Monday, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Hadley Funeral Home, Windsor. The family suggests contributions to the Laurel Oak Cemetery, in care of the funeral home.
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