Saturday, September 1, 2012

Phyllis M. (Costuma) Derrick

Kenosha -- Phyllis M. Derrick, age 88, passed away Saturday, September 1, 2012, at Grande Prairie Health and Rehabilitation Center, Pleasant Prairie, WI.  Phyllis was born in Queens Village, Long Island, New York, on May 4, 1924, daughter of the late Phillip W. and Carolyn (Nee:  Murray) Costuma.

Phyllis graduated from Plainfield, NJ, high school and attended Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She than joined the Nurses Cadet Corps at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. She moved to Chicago at the age of 22 and met her future husband, Frank, on a blind date.

On August 27, 1949, at St. Barbara’s Catholic Church in Brookfield, IL, she was united in marriage to Francis “Frank” J. Derrick, After their marriage, Frank and Phyllis moved to Plainfield, New Jersey, to be close to parents as they started their family. Phyllis will be fondly remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Phyllis enjoyed spending time with her family. She loved playing games and enjoyed making cards with her friends. Phyllis had an amazing sense of humor and could light up a room. She will be missed.

Phyllis is survived  by her three sons, Stephen (Rhonda) Derrick of Florence, AL, Michael (Linda) Derrick of Palm Coast, FL, Kevin (Lisa) Derrick of Pleasant Prairie; as well as five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.  Her husband Frank who passed away on November 26, 2010, preceded her in death.

A Memorial Service for Phyllis will be held at Crossway Community Church, 13905 75th St., Bristol, WI,  at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, September 14, 2012.

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