Thank You From The Family Of
By JOHN M. DERBY
July 4, 2019
Thank you to all the people who sent their
support and condolences, or were able to attend the celebration
of life which was held for “Kathy” Derby.
We are all in such a state of shock over
her loss; however, we are reading each of the cards sent
and we are reminded of how much she was loved by this wonderful
community we live in.
The event held for her at Lake Yosemite was important because
so many people showed up who had also very personal losses,
and in some cases, they were very sudden and still fresh
in the memories of their families.
We have been undecided as to whether to use this column
to write about Kathy Derby; however, behind the words which
have been written in this column for the past 40 years,
has been Kathy who was willing to participate in some of
the greatest adventures in our life.
Without her, the trip in 1980 to cover the Olympics at
Lake Placid would not have happened, and we would not have
have been there when the American hockey team beat the Russians.
Without her, the trip to American Cup Race in Australia
would have been a solo adventure and not nearly the fun
of seeing Australia and New Zealand.
Without her, the trip to cover the Merced High Marching
Band and the Atwater Falcon Marching Band when they participated
in the Music Festival in Vienna, might not have happened.
When we were married, we honeymooned in Ireland, and traveled
to England and Scotland, and then later took on Spain, Germany,
Holland and Italy, several times. We even signed up to dance
in the Carnival in Rio, Brazil, but missed our flight and
someone else danced in our place with the costumes we purchased
for the occasion.
The greatest adventures came after we bought the Day Dreamer,
a 32 ft. blue water sailboat and attempted to sail around
the world. That did not happen, but after 32 days out to
sea we landed in a little bay in Mexico called Conception
Bay. For the 20 years that followed, we wrote of the adventures
of living in Mexico.
Meanwhile, the newspapers we owned ran without us, which
means that we have a very good staff of people running the
press, writing the news and covering events in the local
communities. To them we owe a big vote of gratitude.
Our apologies go to all those who we failed to notify in
time for the gathering, and all those who are still either
calling us or sending cards. We, like most people, can never
be prepared for death.
And for Kathy, there was no long drawn out pain and suffering.
She went like she lived, running with life.
While it was so sudden and unexpected that she died in
Tokyo, Japan, it was the way we have lived, and travel has
always been a part of it. It could have come in Korea when
we there last year, or Chiapas, Mexico at the Mayan ruins.
To all of those who have traveled with us through this
column called “Ship to Shore” it has always
been very much a part of Kathy Derby’s life. Looking
back, she would not have wanted to miss a minute of it.