August 21st 1945 – February 9th 2011
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, Gladys Derkach on the morning of February 9th 2011. She passed away peacefully in her short stay at the Hospice House. She will be profoundly missed by her family and friends.
Gladys was born in Vernon, B.C. August 21st 1945. Married the love of her life, Alex Derkach in 1963. She raised her family of three children here in Vernon, where she believed was the most beautiful place to live in. Gladys was a caring, strong, and gentle soul who fought her battle with cancer till the very end, and still managed to crack a joke in there too. She was smarter then a whip, and she knew it. We all learned something everyday from her words of wisdom. Her children and grandchildren were her joy and strength and that is what kept her strong. Gladys was so proud of what she got to accomplish in her 65 years of life. Her many travels with her family, her relaxing camping trips, even her bingo days. She enjoyed her years of work driving motor homes across Canada, and even working in the fields of Vernon, picking asparagus and grapes, where she made many friendships and built many memories.
Her love of gardening and sewing always kept her busy, and even in her last few days she still continue to build her puzzles and work on her word puzzles to keep her mind strong. Gladys was predeceased by her beloved husband, Alex Derkach, parents Nick and Minnie Yarish and brother Ed Yarish. She will be lovingly remembered by her three sons who loved her dearly; Allan (Audrey), Wayne(Susy), Dean(Belinda).
Nanny will be deeply missed by her grandchildren, Nicole, Allie, Natalie, Austin, Teigen, Nya, Mathew, Jeffery, and Ashley. And sadly missed by her in laws and nephews and nieces.
A graveside service was held February 12th @ 11:00am @ Pleasant Valley Cemetary in Vernon, B.C. with Father Andrij Wasylinko Officiating.
“LOVE DOES NOT DIE, PEOPLE DO SO WHEN ALL THAT IS LEFT OF ME IS LOVE….GIVE ME AWAY.”
A special thanks to all the staff at the Jubilee hospital and Hospice house for the wonderful care they provided and a to Father Wasylinko and Bethel Funeral Chapel for their kindness and services.
And to all our family and friends for all your prayers and support.