May His Soul Rest In Peace

May Her Soul Rest In Peace

Age 74

Kathleen "Kay" Derrig


Kathleen "Kay" Derrig

Mrs. Kathleen "Kay" Derrig, 74, of Myrtle Beach, SC, passed away suddenly at her home on September 23, 2014. She was born May 1, 1940 in Manhattan, New York  to Joseph and Kathleen (Knudsen) Derrig. The family moved to THE BRONX when she was 7 months old.  Kay graduated from SS Peter & Paul Grammar School in 1954.  She is survived by her sister, Barbara Meskill and her husband, James, her devoted nieces and nephews, Barbara, James, Kirsten, Daniel, Kathleen, 13 great-nieces and -nephews, and her beloved "Sweet Pea."

The quintessential sophisticated New Yorker, Kay will be remembered fondly by her dear friends for her joie de vivre, and her great love of animals and nature. She enjoyed a successful corporate business career with Altria Group, McKinsey and Company, and others, before retiring to Myrtle Beach. Kay had a strong faith and was always there to help others. She will be much missed by her entire family, and her legions of friends all over the world.

Original Obit Published in The Sun News on October 2, 2014

A funeral Mass and interment will be at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Westchester, New York. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials may be sent to St. Michael's Church, 572 Cypress Ave, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576, or to the Charity Of Your Choice.


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October 02, 2014
Remember Kay from Grade School St. Peter and Paul in the Bronx. We used to call her Cookie I also met her again here in SC. Great Memories God Bless ~ Richard Schramm, Charleston, South Carolina

October 3, 2014
"Dear Friends, I’ve tried to contact each of you by phone to share the news of my Aunt Cook’s passing last week. I was able to reach many of you. For those of you that I wasn’t able to speak with, I apologize for delivering this message by electronic media. My Aunt Cook (a.k.a., Kathleen, Kay, Kathy Derrig) passed away peacefully in her sleep on 22 September in her Myrtle Beach home. It was a sudden shock for all of us and I am sure it is for you too. On  Saturday September 27, 2014 we celebrated a funeral Mass at Sacred Heart of Jesus in Port Chester, NY with our family friend, Fr. Peter Gelsomino. Fr. Pete knew Aunt Cook and I know she liked him a lot. My mother (Barbara Meskill - Aunt Cook’s sister) and father, my sisters and brothers as well as some of the grand-nieces and nephews were all there. It was a beautiful day and a lovely Mass. On her wishes, Aunt Cook was cremated and my older brother and sister (Barbara and James) escorted her to New York. Aunt Cook was interred at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, NY on Monday, 29 September. She is resting close to her parents (Joseph and Kathleen Derrig) and grandparents (Charles and Margaret Knudsen). I’ve enjoyed speaking with many of you and hearing how Aunt Cook brought joy and happiness into your lives. I know you all gave her tremendous happiness – she loved her friends and often spoke of them. I feel I know many of you even though we might not have met. My family and I greatly appreciate the thoughts, prayers and condolences all of you have shared this past week. Thank you. Warm regards, Kirsten Meskill"