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 Florene Elizabeth <I>Stepp</I> Derby

Florene Elizabeth Stepp Derby

Eldon, Miller County, Missouri, USA
Death 2 Nov 1990 (aged 85)
Lakewood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Riverside, Riverside County, California, USA
Plot 6, 0, 1453
Memorial ID 575916 · View Source
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Florene Elizabeth Stepp Derby was the 4th of 10 child born to Julia Leora Stark and William Ransom Stepp. She was born in Eldon, Miller County, Missouri, July 14, 1905. By 1910, the family moved to Kansas City, Missouri, and that is where she met her husband, Hugh Derby. Florene and Hugh married in 1923. They moved first to Indiana where their first two daughters, Marguerite and Joan were born. Florene and Hugh then moved to Owensboro, Ky, where the youngest daughter, Jerrie was born,in 1935. In 1944, the family moved to Los Angeles and Florene went to comptometer school. She worked in the accounting offices for Foremost Dairy. When comptometers were being phased out she went to school to learn to be a key punch operator. After she retired from Foremost she worked for several years for the foreign auto manufacturer, BMW. Florene was involved in many volunteer activities throughout her life. One was the Catholic Daughters of America and another was as a fund raiser for the Mill Hill Missionary Fathers. She was very artistically talented. She was a great painter and she ran a ceramic crafts shop where she taught people how to do ceramics, as well as teaching in the community enrichment classes at Cerritos College. Florene led a senior band made up of senior citizens that played a variety of instruments from the Kazoo to a saw. The band performed in parades and at senior citizen events. She helped to start a lunch program for seniors in Hawaiian Gardens and in Paramount, CA. In addition, she was a Senior Legislator for the State of California, elected by her peers to represent the senior community in her district in Sacramento on issues affecting seniors. - Written by her granddaughter Kristine Cerone

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  • Created by: Kris Cerone
  • Added: 25 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 575916
  • Kris Cerone
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Florene Elizabeth Stepp Derby (14 Jul 1905–2 Nov 1990), Find A Grave Memorial no. 575916, citing Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, Riverside County, California, USA ; Maintained by Kris Cerone (contributor 3727078) .