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1928 D. 2015

D. Yvonne Derra

October 2, 1928 — June 27, 2015

D. Yvonne Derra, 86, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died June 27, 2015 at Hilltop Estates, in Gothenburg, NE.

Yvonne was born October 2, 1928 in Doniphan, NE, daughter of Ernest and Evelyn (Cochran) Wiggers.  Her family moved to Farnam in March of 1932.  They resided on a farm north of Farnam and she went to country school. Yvonne graduated from Farnam High in 1946.  Her first year of high school, she boarded with a town family, then her younger sister Kate came to town for high school and they boarded together.

June 18, 1946 she married Don Derra at the Farnam Catholic Church; to this union two children were born - Larry and Kathleen.  They lived seven miles south of Farnam and then they moved north of Farnam for the next seven years.In March of 1954 the family moved to the Valley south of Brady,  They lived and farmed there for 11 years.  They then moved to Jeffery Lake for a few years before making their home in Gothenburg. Yvonne worked for Bert & Earls Lounge, Kip's Drive In and Aden's Decorator.

Yvonne was a member of the Brady and Gothenburg Alter Society's, a birthday club in Brady, and extension club.  She worked with the Fire Girls Camp in Farnam and Brady, the 4-H group in Brady where she was the leader.  While in Farnam, she was also a member of the Rebecca's.  Yvonne loved to play Bridge and was a member of many bridge clubs.   Yvonne loved spending time with her family especially her five grandkids, 10 great grandkids and one great great grandson.

Surviving are husband, Donald Derra of Gothenburg, NE; son, Larry (Diane) Derra of North Platte; daughter, Kathy (Dennis) Conley of Brady, NE;  four grandchildren; 10 great grand children; one great great grandson; sisters Arlene Pape, Willa Zeeh, and Catherine Anderson; brother Gordon (Abby) Wiggers; along with numerous extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents Ernest and Evelyn Wiggers, a grandson Troy Derra and three brothers-in-law.

Memorial services will be held at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Friday, July 3, 2015 at 11:00 am with Father Don O'Brien officiating.

Private inurnrment will follow in the Brady Cemetery, Brady, Nebraska.

Yvonne asked that people wear colorful clothing to Celebrate her life.

Yvonne requests that no flowers are given and memorials be to directed to PAWS-itive Partners,  PO Box 1145, North Platte, NE 69103 or Nebraska Children's Home Society, 121 N. Dewey, Suite 206 | PO Box 596, North Platte, NE 69101.

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