Carolyn Derbish

Mar 13, 2014 Staff

Carolyn Derbish, of Riverton, died Sunday, March 9, 2014, at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper. She was 79 years old.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, March 14, at Davis Funeral Home.

Carolyn Marie Johnston was born Nov. 4, 1934, in Pittsburgh, the daughter of Lloyd and Joann (Sager) Johnston. She was one of five children. She attended schools in Pittsburgh and graduated from West View High School in 1952.

On July 20, 1952, she married John Derbish in Pittsburgh. Together they had five children.

She spent most of her life in Pittsburgh before moving to Riverton in 2006.

Her working career was spent in the health care industry. In her later years she worked as a librarian in Pittsburgh and volunteered at Riverton Branch Library.

Her family said she was adventurous, lived life to the fullest, and loved to travel and meet new friends, especially after she retired. She traveled to Florida, England and Las Vegas. When she was 69 she went skydiving and had plans to do it again when she turned 80.

Keeping up with her adventurous side, she went to Sturgis, S.D., on the back of a Harley for the big bike rally. Her family said she enjoyed every minute of it. Throughout her adventures, she still took the time to knit "chemo caps" for different charitable church organizations. This held a special place in her heart: She was a 14-year breast cancer survivor.

She is survived by her children, Rich (Misae) Derbish of Riverton, Susan (Allen) Vodopich of Riverton, Patty (Harry) Balish of Pittsburgh and Steve (Dorothy) Derbish of Pittsburgh; daughter-in-law Debbie Derbish of Lander; grandchildren Jennifer, Angie, Gary, Cody, Carie, Nick, Ben, Steven, Adam and Chris; great-grandchildren Kyan, Madison, EmiClaire and Grayson; and siblings Charles, Harry and Rita.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Jean, and her son Rob.

Memorials may be made to Unity Church Centre of Ohio in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main St., Riverton, WY 82501.

Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Online condolences may be left at

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