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home : obituaries : obituaries June 29, 2016

9/15/2012 8:00:00 AM
Mary E. Derring
Mary Derring
Mary Derring

March 20, 1926 - Sept. 13, 2012

Mary Elizabeth Merley Derring, 86 , Akron, died at 6:43 a.m. Sept. 13, 2012, at her residence.

She was born March, 20, 1926, in Akron to parents, William F. and Berdella Bammerlin Merley. Outside of six years in the Calumet area, she lived her entire life in Akron.

Mary graduated from Akron High School in 1944. She moved to East Chicago to attend St. Catherine's Nursing School, graduating in 1947, then moved back to Akron with her husband and three little girls.

In 1945, she married Vernon Irving Derring in East Chicago.

Mary worked as a registered nurse for Dr. Dean Stinson's office in Rochester and would often accompany the doctor on house calls to ailing patients. After working for Dr. Stinson for 11 years, she quit to devote more time to her family.

She dedicated much of her time and energy as a caregiver to family members, including her mother until she passed away at age 84 and her husband when he passed at age 73.

She continued care giving and worked with the elderly at local nursing homes, then offered much care and support for grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mary was an active member of the missionary women of the Akron Church of God.

She is survived by her sister, Dorothy Kitson, Syracuse; three daughters, Mary Catherine (Russ) Koppang, Naples, Fla. and Wells, Maine, Della G. Derring, Akron, and Doris D. (Ken) Morse, Chesterton; five grandchildren, Eric J. (Susan) Koppang, Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, Paul V. (Brooke) Koppang, Charlotte, N.C., Vernon G. Derring, Batesville, Ark., Maria D. Mason, Fort Wayne, and Jason A. Morse, Chesterton; eight great-grandchildren; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Berdella and William; half sister, Ruby Gale Merley (Sherman); husband Vernon; and niece, Lucy Kay Kitson (Jobin).

Memorial service is at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 at Earl-Love Funeral Home, Akron, with Rev. Terry Canfield officiating.

Visitation is noon-2 p.m. before the service at the funeral home.

Burial is at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wee Care Day Care, care of the Akron Church of God; Akron Public Library; or the Fulton County Historical Society.

Arrangements made, care of the Earl-Love Funeral Home, Akron.

Online condolences may be made via email at

Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, September 17, 2012
Article comment by: KATHY ROCCHIO

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom.
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.


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