Maria Teresita (Reyes) Derouin

November 15, 1931 ~ September 27, 2021 (age 89)

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Maria Teresita (Reyes) Derouin 1931- 2021

Maria “Terri” Derouin, 89, joined the choir of angels in Heaven on September 27, 2021.  Her much loved husband, Theodore “Bev” Derouin, predeceased her in September 2018. The only daughter of Filomena Calvin Reyes and Ireneo Jaime Reyes, she was born in Manila, Philippines.  

She is survived by four children Chiqui Netto (Kevin), Angela Derouin (Jim Liptak), Tad Derouin (Gloria) and Tony DeRouin(Jennifer). She was the loving “Grammie” to Melissa Phelan (Michael), Christopher Childs, Kevin Netto (Karissa), Lauren Grybko (Chad), Steven DeRouin, Julianne DeRouin,  and to Tom Lavinio (Daria), Chad Lavinio and Kara Donovan (BJ).  She leaves great grandchildren Meriel Phelan, Benjamin and Jack Netto,  Mila and Grayson Lavinio and Trey, Cruz, Jax and Elle Donovan. She also leaves sisters-in-law, Ann Boynton and Janet Derouin, andMimi Reyesstep-grandchildren Greg Liptak (Joann), John Liptak (Val) Kate Marchand (Joe) and Kelly Liptak (Pete Sanborn) and their families, and many nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents, her brothers Rene, Manny, Eddie and Tony all predeceased her.

She spent her childhood in the Philippines during World War II and its aftermath. She came to the United States in 1950 and graduated from Marjorie Webster Junior College in Washington D.C.   She met her husband while visiting friends in Southampton, MA, and after a whirlwind romance; the couple married in the Philippines and made their home in Westhampton.  She worked at Smith College for many years as an administrative assistant, and after that in several long term care facilities where she coordinated resident activities.  In her retirement she completed an associate degree at Holyoke Community College then co-founded “R.A.I.S.E.” a service that provided secretarial services to elders.  She performed as the lead singer in the “Lotus Band” entertaining residents and staff at LTC facilities with her antics.  She shared her love of music with her family and was a gifted pianist. She had a lovely soprano voice with perfect pitch and performed with great gusto including with the Hampshire Choral Society, the Four Sopranos, the Westhampton Singing Society, the Hill Tones,  community theatre, the CDH Follies, VINS productions, in churches and every other opportunity she could. Always busy in the community she loved, as a volunteer 4-H leader, with the Westhampton Council on Aging and at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.  We want to thank the staff of the Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Hospice and VNA, and Care One for their kindness, care and compassion as our Mother neared the end of her life on earth.

Services will be private with burial at the Westhampton Center Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the  Friends of the Westhampton Pubic Library, 1 North Road, Westhampton, MA      Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 Park Street, Easthampton is handling arrangements.

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