OBITUARY

Sonja Sue Derby

February 4, 1939September 9, 2017

Sonja Derby, 78, passed away peacefully Saturday, September 9, 2017 in the loving comfort of her home surrounded by family. She is survived by her husband Jerry Derby, sister Valli Conine, children Jeff Adair and Talma Orbison, grandchildren Adair Claycomb, Alexandra Adair, Christopher Adair, Cole Adair, Kasey Orbison, Makena Orbison, and faithful companion Cindy. Born and raised in Dallas, the daughter of Egbert and Carrie Byram. She received her associate’s degree from Tyler Junior College in 1959. After graduation she returned to Dallas and married Vandal Douglas Adair. They built a successful construction business and raised two children before his untimely death in 1983. She then began a career with United States Postal Service where she worked until her retirement. After spending ten years as a widow she once again found love with Jerry Derby and they had a wonderful 25 years together. They met during square dancing at the Lone Star Solos and remained active members throughout her life. Not only did they enjoy square and round dancing but traveling around the country by car. She loved theater and especially enjoyed the Garland Civic Theater where she and her husband were patrons. She was an animal lover at heart and spent decades feeding homeless animals throughout the city with her husband, as well as bringing many homeless dogs into their home. Please leave condolences for the family at www.roselawn-funerals.com

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  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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Barbara McCarley

September 20, 2017

Sonja was such a sweet and caring person and I miss her and always will. She said so many kind and positive things to me that meant and still mean so much to me. I'll always remember her kinds words. Always trying to make a person feel good about themselves. A true Christian attitude of a people builder..
She visited me in the hospital in 2014 and had me in stitches with stories of her dog, Cindy RIP Sonja. You are loved and missed.

Calvin Clary

September 14, 2017

Jeff and Talma, my kindest condolences to you all for the loss of your Mom. You are all in our prayers as these days move forward. I hope you are all doing well.

Donna Reynolds

September 13, 2017

Sonja was a wonderful aunt to Earl Ray . When we first moved into our new home she came up and had two trees with her. Every time we go outside , we are reminded of Sonja. Our prayers are with the family and friends . She will be missed but, she will always be in our hearts .

Donna Hutcheson

September 12, 2017

Sonja was a sweet lady who loved to dance with her husband Jerry. They enjoyed the grandchildren, theatre and pets together. She always took the side of the person down on their luck. She enjoyed family and cruises especially to Alaska. I will miss her and playing dominoes on Wednesdays and eating fish on Fridays. I will miss her at Square Dances and Square Dance parties.

Donna Hutcheson

September 12, 2017

Sonja was a sweet lady who loved to dance with her husband Jerry. They enjoyed the grandchildren, theatre and pets together. She always took the side of the person down on their luck. She enjoyed family and cruises especially to Alaska. I will miss her and playing dominoes on Wednesdays and eating fish on Fridays. I will miss her at Square Dances and Square Dance parties.

Robert MacLaren

September 12, 2017

Sonja will always be remembred as a very loving and careing person by everyone who new her. Sonja was always so willing to help anyone in need.and offer words of encorgment.She will be missed.

Joan Tucker

September 12, 2017

Sonja was a special kind of person that is not found often in today's world.... Always thought of others first before herself.... Love was in her heart for people and animals...... She never forgot a special occasion in another's life.... I have many gifts she has given me over the years and I cherish them all....very special meaning to me.... Sonja and I started first grade together and our life's followed a very close track through all our years knowing each other.....She will be missed by many and definitely never forgotten..... I'm glad I had the privilege of knowing Sonja for over 70 yrs..... She was a blessing!....RIP, Sonja!!

Virginia Ross

September 11, 2017

Sonja was one of the most positive people I've ever known. She was able to turn every negative comment into a positive. I loved her. She will be missed.

Sheryl Crumpton

September 11, 2017

Sonja was a true Southern lady. She always quietly doing for others without expecting credit or anything in return. She was among a group of ladies that worked together and get together every Christmas for lunch & laughs. We will miss her so much and our group will never be the same. What a beautiful, sweet lady she was.
So sorry for your loss.

Teresa Ray

September 11, 2017

Remembering a dearly loved aunt and wishing for a peaceful time for all our family. Love always

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