In Loving Memory of Dorothy T. Derby

January 17, 1941
Brooklyn, NY
March 18, 2019
Fairfield, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


Thursday 9:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.

39 South Benson Road,
CT 06824

March 21, 2019


St. Pius X Church

Mass of Christian Burial

834 Brookside Drive,
CT 06824

Thursday, March 21, 2019 11:00 a.m.


Family Gathering


Dorothy T. Derby

Dorothy Theresa McGee Derby passed away Monday March 18th at the Hospice House in Stamford, CT after a courageous eight months with pancreatic cancer and eight years with Alzheimer’s Disease. She was 78 years old. Dorothy was proudly born to Michael McGee (of Donegal, Ireland) and Margaret O’Mahony (of Limerick, Ireland) in Brooklyn, NY. Dorothy is pre-deceased by her parents, her sister, and her husband, John (Jack) Derby. She is survived by her three children, Michael Derby, Liam Derby, and Eileen Lawless, and her grandchildren Mairead, Aidan, and Emmett Derby and Lorcan Lawless. Dorothy had an easy smile, beautifully expressive eyes, and a quick wit. Creative and talented, she masterfully knitted, crocheted, and sewed beautiful pieces throughout her life. Her painted artwork, even years into her Alzheimer’s Disease, was auctioned off three years in a row. Proceeds went to the Alzheimer’s Association of Orange County, CA where she lived for four years before returning to the East Coast in September. Dorothy loved a cup of tea and a good book as well as cooking and traveling. She walked with lions and petted a cheetah in South Africa, explored Mayan ruins in Mexico, and visited many European countries from Ireland to France, Italy, and Kosovo. She was infinitely patient, deeply compassionate, and will be profoundly missed by all who knew her.

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10 Guestbook Entries for Dorothy T. Derby

  1. Deepest condolences to the Derby Family. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficulty time. Mary Condon, Southport

  2. Dear Michael, Leham, and Eileen
    Loved your Mom as your Dad. We had mutual affection and respect for each other. She ingratiated me with sourdough bread and everything Irish for my Italian appetite. Wonderful memories of the good years will remain with me.
    Our condolences to the extended Derby/McGee families.
    Peggy and Joe Masterjoseph

  3. All of us at the Fairfield County Hospice House are so privileged to have shared many months of happiness with Dorothy. Our deepest condolences to Michael, Eileen, our baby, Lorcan and the entire Derby family. She was a special lady.

  4. Mike and Family: My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time. May she R.I.P.

  5. My prayers and deepest sympathy to the Derby family. What a lovely write-up for a beautiful lady. May God bring you peace in the midst of this storm. May He bring you comfort in this valley. May your heads be lifted high with celebration of all that she was; and may you rejoice at the beauty of her well-lived life. Love, Shawn Jones

  6. Your love for your mother shines, Eileen, and her spirit without doubt lives on in you and Lorcan. What a wonderful tribute to a lovely woman, and what a beautiful person she must have been to be your mother. Sending love and peace to you and your family.

  7. All our sincerest love and condolences to Dorothy’s family. Take comfort in all of your wonderful memories and precious time spent together.
    Much love
    Susan & Gary, Australia
    (Friends of Eileen’s from her time in East Timor)

  8. Dorothy was part of our family for over twenty years. We loved her gentle personality, quiet wit and Irish soda bread. Our hearts are heavy and our thoughts and prayers are for her children and grandchildren.

  9. My deepest sympathies Eileen. I enjoyed all the pics you posted if mum with Lorcan, she was lucky to see him and enjoy part of his life. As you mentioned she did have a beautiful smile. Hold on to those memories they are precious. Take care n God Bless

  10. Eileen, we are so sorry for your and your family’s loss – but very glad that your mother lived long enough to know her youngest grandchild. And we hope that his presence will comfort you as it clearly did her. Much love.