Mary Lou Derry of San Bernardino, died on Friday, Nov. 27, at age 73. She was born to George and Mary Copeland in Hillsboro, Ohio, in 1946.
Mary Lou had a spectacular singing voice, and was in the Madrigals Choir in high school. After graduation from Cal High in 1965, Mary Lou worked as a cosmetologist.
She married Donald Derry in 1968, and they had three sons. She was a homemaker when her boys were young; then she enjoyed a long career as a teacher’s assistant for San Bernardino Unified School District until her retirement in 2007.
Mary Lou attended Messiah Lutheran Church in Highland for over 45 years, where she praised and worshiped with her beautiful voice in the choir.
Mary Lou was not only a loving mother and devoted wife, but also an avid animal lover. She always had several pets and took in many strays. She loved to do water aerobics at the Highland YMCA, and leaves behind many dear friends. Her home was always open for friends and family. She loved cooking and having the boys and their families over every month.
Her husband Don preceded Mary Lou in death. She is survived by her sons Neil, Warren, and Ed and his wife Beth, and five grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters Julie Yamashita and Carol Copeland, and brother Thomas Copeland, and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her brother Chuck Copeland.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made in her name to Messiah Lutheran Church, 7070 Palm Ave., Highland, CA 92346.
“God shall wipe all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away,” Revelation 21:4.
All services will be held at Mt. View Mortuary and Cemetery, 570 E. Highland Ave. in San Bernardino, on Monday, Dec. 21. Viewing will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (10 people at a time), an outdoor memorial will be held at 1 p.m. with interment following.