• February 27, 2017

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Patsy Long Derr

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Services for Patsy Long Derr, 76, of Harker Heights, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Killeen. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Altus City Cemetery in Altus, Okla.

Mrs. Derr died Oct. 17, 2012. She was a 1954 graduate of the Altus Oklahoma High School as valedictorian, a 1980 graduate of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and a member of Alpha Chi Accounting Honor Society.

Following her retirement in 1996 as a certified public accountant and vice president of Wilson Derr Thompson PC in Harker Heights, the Rotary Club became her full-time passion.

She was named Rotarian of the Year for 1996 and in 1997 was named to the District 5870 Roll of Fame. On July 1, 2000, she became the 86th governor of District 5870, the first woman to hold the position.

She was the holder of the Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and Rotary International’s Service Above Self Award, one of only nine Rotarians in the history of District 5870 to hold both awards. Prior to falling ill, she was nominated for the Rotary Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award. If selected by the Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees, she will become only the second Rotarian in the history of District 5870 to hold all three recognitions.

She was past president of the Exchange Club of Killeen, and was a charter member and sustaining member of the Junior Service League of Killeen. She was a member of the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce, the Modern Study Club and the Institute of Humanities in Salado.

Mrs. Derr was preceded in death by her husband, U.S. Army Col. Edward B. (Jack) Derr and her father, Floyd Marshal (Pat) Long.

Survivors include her two children, Douglas N. Derr and his wife, Dawn, of The Woodlands and Barbara Derr Thomas and her husband, Craig, of Allen; grandchildren, Sarah Katie Thomas of Lancaster, Calif., and Jack Edward Thomas of Allen; mother, Katie Long of Altus, Okla.; sisters, Ruth Thomason of Altus, Okla., Shirley Casey and her husband, Ronald, of Harker Heights and Kay Long-Mentzer of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and brothers, Wayne Long and his wife, Janet, of Kansas City, Mo., and Connie Ray (Buddy) Long and his wife, Anna Beth, of Orlando, Fla.

Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen, which is in charge of arrangements. Offer condolences at www.crawfordbowersfuneralhome.com.

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