Memorial services are 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, with a visitation following the service at Sechrest Funeral Service in High Point.
She was born May 18, 1929. Derelys attended Augustana College in Rock Island from 1947 to 1948. In 1948, she was employed by the Moline Public Library. In 1949, she went to work for a pathologist at Moline Lutheran Hospital as a medical secretary.
She married Daniel Stookey on Nov. 15, 1951. Her son, Lewis was born in 1954, her daughter, Greta was born in 1955, and her son, Erik was born in 1958.
Derelys was active in Republican politics while living in Waukegan, Ill., attaining status as a Precinct 41 Committee Woman for Lake County in 1960. In 1965, she was elected vice president of the Lake County Republican Party. She held both positions until 1968. She and her family moved to Belleville, Ill., in 1968, to Toledo, Ohio, in 1970, and on to High Point, in 1971.
In between raising her family and work she found time for a correspondence course in interior design with the New York School of Design. She was employed by Sears Roebuck and J C Penney in the home decorating departments. Derelys was known for her discriminating taste, beautiful blue eyes and gorgeous gray hair.
Late in life she changed party affiliation to the Democratic Party. She was recently involved with the Board of Elections manning various polling places in Guilford County until 2008. Derelys lived in Guilford County until 2008. Derelys attended exercise classes three days a week at the Roy Culler Senior Center and had many friends there.
The last six months of her life were not kind to Derelys; her health simply failed. Her final wish was to go home. Now she is "at home" in the kingdom of heaven with her one true love, Dan Stookey and all of her family and friends who had gone before her. She has found peace at last. We have so many wonderful memories of our mother and we will cherish them.
She is survived by her son, Lewis, wife, Sherry, their daughter, Adrienne Stookey Rozell and husband, Michael; daughter, Greta, life partner, Ginger Bowman; son, Erik, wife, Darla, their sons, Marshall Gray and Anderson Mark. She was preceded in death by her father, Carl Raymond Anderson; her mother, Ruth Bjorkman Anderson; and her husband, Daniel Stookey.
The family would like to thank all of her physicians at Cornerstone Health Care, the staff at High Point Regional Health System, the staff at Visiting Angels and the staff at Hospice of the Piedmont for their due diligence and wonderful patient care.
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