Baker City, Baker County, Oregon
Sharon Derrick, 66, of Ontario, a former longtime Baker County resident, died May 7, 2005, at Ontario from colon cancer.
Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Community United Methodist Church, 240 S.E. Third St., in Ontario. Private interment will be later.
Visitations will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Haren-Wood Funeral Chapel, 2543 Fourth Ave., in Ontario.
Sharon was born on Jan. 25, 1939, at Belle Fourche, S.D., to Hugh and Laura Cathey. She moved to Baker City with her family in the 1940s. She married Harley Derrick in 1958.
The family moved to their Jimtown farm in 1967. She raised her family in beautiful Pine Valley, an area she truly loved. In 1994, she and Harley moved to the Ontario area to be close to their grandchildren.
The family expressed appreciation to Dr. Douglas Fraker, Dr. James Metz, Debbie Smith and the University of Pennsylvania staff for allowing her to participate in a Phase II study in photo-dynamic therapy to further the research for a cure for cancer. They also thanked Dr. Larry Fiorentino and the oncology nurses at Fruitland Mountain States Tumor Institute for their caring service. And they expressed appreciation to Dr. John Phillips and the staff of Holy Rosary Medical Center in Ontario for their love and concern for Sharon during her long treatment.
Survivors include her husband, Harley; twin daughters, Kathy Iida, and her husband, Steve, and their two children, Chelsey and Chase, and Karen Ross and her husband, Tony, and their two children, Dashel and Sophie; a son, Mike, and his wife, Diahann, and their two children, Daniel and Katelyn; two very special nieces/daughters, Karla Cathey and Ora Mae Rosser, who never failed to visit her each year for 40 years; her loving sister, Verla Boles, and her husband, Bill, who were a constant support during her lengthy illness; her mother, Laura Cathey; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Hugh; a sister, Velma; two brothers, Lloyd and LaVern; and a special niece, Darla Cathey, twin to Karla.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, May 13, 2005
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor