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Carolyn Derbish

Carolyn Derbish

Nov 4, 1934 - Mar 10, 2014
Carolyn Derbish, 79 of Riverton died on Sunday, March 9, 2014, at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper. A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 14, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Davis Funeral Home.

Carolyn Marie Johnston was born on November 4, 1934 in Pittsburgh, PA to Lloyd and Joann (Sager) Johnston. She was one of five children. She attended schools in Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from West View High School with the class of 1952.

On July 20, 1952 in Pittsburgh, PA she married John Derbish. Together they had five children. She spent most of her life in Pittsburgh, PA before moving to Riverton, WY in 2006.

Her working career was spent in the health care industry. In her later years she worked as a librarian in Pittsburgh and then volunteered at the Riverton Library.

Her family said that she was very adventurous, loved life to the fullest, loved to travel and meet new friends, especially after retiring. She traveled to Florida, England, and Las Vegas. At age 69 she went sky diving and had plans to do it again when she turned 80. Keeping up with her adventurous side, she went to Sturgis, SD for the big bike rally on the back of a Harley and enjoyed every minute. Along with all of the adventures she still took time out to knit “chemo caps” for different charitable church organizations. This held a special place in her heart as she was a 14 year breast cancer survivor.

She is survived by her children, Rich (Misae) Derbish of Riverton, WY, Susan (Allen) Vodopich of Riverton, WY, Patty (Harry) Balish of Pittsburgh, PA, and Steve (Dorothy) Derbish of Pittsburgh, PA; her daughter-in-law, Debbie Derbish of Lander, WY; her grandchildren, Jennifer, Angie, Gary, Cody, Carie, Nick, Ben, Steven, Adam, and Chris; her great grandchildren, Kyan, Madison, EmiClaire, and Grayson; and her siblings, Charles, Harry, and Rita.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Jean, and her son, Rob.

Memorials may be made to Unity Church Centre of Ohio in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 West Main Street, Riverton, WY 82501.

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Services are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home.