HUBER HEIGHTS – Friends and family gathered at Lane Park of Huber Heights on Friday to celebrate a special birthday.
Rachel Derr, a resident of Lane Park, celebrated her 100th birthday. Rosie Red paid a visit to Derr, a long-time fan of the Cincinnati Reds.
Derr was born in Scranton, Kentucky on April 23, 1916. She was the youngest of four children and grew up on a farm which is now a part of Daniel Boone National Forest. She finished school and moved to Dayton in 1935, where she lived with her aunt and uncle.
She found a job a Sunshine Biscuit Company, which became Nabisco. This is where she met her husband Art Derr.
They married and lived in the Belmont area of Dayton until he left for WWII in February, 1943, returning in December, 1945. Art had started working at Wright Patterson Air Force Base just after they married and he returned to work there after the war.
They moved to Wayne Twp./Huber Heights in 1950, living on Taylorsville Rd. and later moving to Bellefontaine Rd. Art died in 1986. They have three children: Karen, Mike and Rose Ella.
Rachel has been active at Sulphur Grove United Methodist Church for many years. She was also a Girl Scout leader there and a part of the Senior Citizens group. She worked many years in the cafeteria of Valley Forge School and also at McDonald’s on Brandt Pike.
She has had many hobbies including crocheting, sewing, reading, card group, Friendly Neighbors Club, senior trips, and church activities.
She moved to Lane Park in January, 2014, and is grateful for the friends and staff there.
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