January 14, 2014 in Obituaries

Obituary: Derrick, Leilani


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DERRICK, Leilani OCEAN PARK - Leilani Marie (Tyacke) Derrick, 74, died Jan. 7, 2014, in Ocean Park, surrounded by her family. The daughter of Louis and Lillian Tyacke, she was born Jan. 18, 1939, in Yakima. She graduated from Prosser High School in June 1957 and she obtained her associates degree from Central Washington School of the Bible in 1960 and attended Whitworth University. On Sept. 3, 1959, she married Daniel E. Derrick and became a homemaker and mother. But she was so much more. She taught piano, enjoyed scrapbooking, was an avid musician, active participant in church praise and worship and working with children’s ministries. She loved to study the Bible and wrote numerous Bible studies. She ministered to Aleut natives in Dutch Harbor, Alaska with Youth With A Mission. She and her husband moved to Ocean Park 22 years ago. They were members of the Ocean Park Community Church. She loved family get-togethers, potlucks, praise and worship services and was famous for her hospitality and taco feeds. Leilani loved being a wife, mommy, grandma and great-grandma. She was also a member of the Washington State Patrol family for 30 years. Survivors include her loving husband of 54 years, Dan; her sons, Dale S. Derrick of Spokane, Daren Derrick and wife Corina Derrick of Lakewood, Kirk G.W. Watson of Spokane and Devyn Derrick and wife Joy Derrick of Spokane Valley; a daughter, Suzanne Derrick of Spokane; her sister, Leah Tyacke of Yakima; two brothers, Lynn Tyacke and wife Terry of Prosser and Larry Tyacke and wife Rhonda of Prosser; 18 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Her parents preceded her in death. Leilani lived out the gospel with those she came in contact with. She was an amazing wife, mother, sister, grandma and friend. Her life exemplified more than can be described here and the Lord is surely pleased with the impact she made in so many lives. A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held on Jan. 18 at 1 p.m. at Ocean Park Community Church, 26709 Vernon Ave., in Ocean Park. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the Washington State Patrol Memorial Foundation at P.O. Box 7544, Olympia, WA 98507. Penttila’s Chapel by the Sea, Long Beach, WA

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