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Viola Derby

Viola Mary "Vi" Derby (Mack)

Friday, February 19th, 1926 - Tuesday, July 16th, 2019
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Viola Mary (Mack) Derby, 93, of North Platte, formerly of Scottsbluff, passed away July 16, 2019, at Great Plains Health in North Platte. Her memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 29, 2019, at First United Methodist Church in Scottsbluff with Pastor Craig Collins officiating. Private family inurnment will take place at Fairview Cemetery in Scottsbluff. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Tributes of sympathy may be left at Bridgman Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Scottsbluff is entrusted with her arrangements.

Viola was born February 19, 1926, in Ponsford, Minnesota to Jacob Hubert and Zula (Graves) Mack. She attended Park Rapids High School graduating in 1943. She married Wayne Alvin Derby on October 26, 1943. While Wayne served in the Pacific in WW II, Viola lived in Washington state working in an airplane factory as a secretary. She lived with her mother and stepfather at this time.

When Wayne returned from the military they moved to Bemidji, Minnesota, where three of their daughters were born. In 1948, the family moved to Redfield, South Dakota where the fourth daughter was born. They then lived in Pierre and Rapid City, South Dakota until Wayne’s job took them to Scottsbluff, where she lived for 51 years.

Viola began her career with Century 21, Bitner Warner Realty in 1977. Fulfilling a dream of hers to sell real estate. Vi had a very successful career, retiring in 1992.

Viola enjoyed golf and spending time with her family. She was an avid bridge player, playing multiple times a month with her special bridge groups and friends. Viola also loved to sew. She became a quilter and enjoyed quilting with her friends.

Vi was a member of the First United Methodist Church for 51 years. She belonged to church circles, sponsored the MYF group and served in multiple capacities during this time. She belonged to the WaHanKa Extension Club until it disbanded. She was involved with the Eastern Star and Job’s Daughters. She went through the offices in Eastern Star becoming the Worthy Matron of the Dome Rock Chapter #215.

Surviving Vi are three daughters and sons- in- law, Sharon and Neil Lewis of Scottsdale, Arizona, Bonnie and Garen Emrick of Sun City, Arizona, Donna and Tom Phillips of North Platte, and Leo Thorsen of Stoughton, Wisconsin; eight grandchildren and their spouses; eleven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-granddaughters.

Viola’s husband; parents; and daughter, Shirley Thorsen preceded her in death.
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  • Service

    Monday, July 29th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Monday, July 29th, 2019 10:30am
    First United Methodist Church
    2002 4th Avenue
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    Pastor Craig Collins
  • Interment

    Fairview Cemetery
    North 5th Avenue
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Bob Schwartz

Posted at 12:53pm
To the Family of Vi. I'm Bob Schwartz, a Neighbor of long ago of your Mom & Dad as we live (and still do) south of their Home on Avenue K. Some years later I became a close Friend and Associate of Your Mom, a Lady I have a great deal of respect for. I joined the Staff of Century 21 as a new Realtor. I had ask Rolly Warner I wanted someone to be my mentor and teach me the ropes so to speak. I got your Mom !!! A Lady of High Moral & Ethical Standards one whom I shall never forget. She was One Fine Lady. So from My Wife (Myla) and I we give You our Heart Felt Sympathy.

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Posted at 05:55pm
Our deepest sympathies. The Derby Families
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