Martha Ann Pool Derr died on March 5, 2018 of pneumonia and complications at St. Luke’s Hospital in Quakertown, PA. Martha, daughter of E.A. “Bud” Pool and Irene St. Cloud Pool was born April 20, 1953 in Coral Gables, Florida. Martha received her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida in June 1976 and her Master of Arts degree in Audiology from the University of Tennessee in March 1978. She worked many odd jobs in order to put herself through school.
She settled in Newville, Pennsylvania, where she met and married the love of her life, Obie Derr. Martha and Obie were married in Bloserville, Pennsylvania on February 18, 1984. They recently celebrated 34 years of marriage. While living in Newville, Martha opened her own private practice, “Derr Hearing Services.” She went on to earn her doctorate in Audiology from the University of Florida and continued to be a firm believer in higher education. While living in Erie, PA, she attended Lakewood United Methodist Church and the Presbyterian Church of Prospect while living in Prospect, Pennsylvania. For the last few years she worked part time at Pinnacle ENT Associates in Doylestown and volunteered for hospice and the food bank. Her hobbies included antiquing, knitting, and traveling the world with her beloved husband, trusty side-kick, and bestest buddy, Obie.
She was the loving mother of their daughters Victoria Derr of Astana, Kazakhstan, and Brittany Derr of Missoula, Montana. She is also survived by her husband, Obediah “Obie” Derr III. Affectionally called Nana, she will be missed by her granddaughters, Megan Andrews of Auburn, GA and Josephine “Josie” Derr of Kazakhstan. She is also survived by her sister, Linda Brown of Buford, Georgia, her brother, Brigadier General Lloyd Pool (Ret.) of Paradise, California, as well as many nieces and nephews.
The memorial service will be held this summer in the sunshine that she loved. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations in memory of Martha to Grand View Hospital Hospice, 700 Lawn Avenue, Sellersville, PA 18960.