Valera Derivaux

Published 11:37 am Friday, July 29, 2011

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Valera Derivaux, 76, of Huntsville, Ala., passed away early Tuesday morning at home.

Valera moved to Huntsville with her husband in 1963 to begin an ophthalmology practice. In addition to the responsibilities of raising five children, Valera always found time to help others in need. She volunteered many years for “Meals on Wheels” and at local nursing homes. She also worked with several charitable groups associated with Holy Spirit Catholic Church, including St. Vincent de Paul Society, Edenderry Social for the Elderly, Funeral Dinners, etc. Valera once received an award entitled “Love in Action,” and anyone who knew her would understand why this award best exemplifies her life.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Derivaux (Oct. 27, 2004); daughter, Michelle (1999); grandchild, Donny (1995); and, earlier this year, two brothers, Father John and Father Billy.

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Survivors include her mother, Valera Vollor of Vicksburg; brothers, Tim and Frank; children, Desiree Harris and husband John, Donald Derivaux and wife Rebecca, Denise Gillespie and husband Mike, and Andree Grondin and husband Steve; 11 grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 tonight with a Rosary at 7 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Airport Road. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society, 625 Airport Road, Huntsville, AL 35802.