Henrietta "Penny"'s Story
Henrietta “Penny” Agnus (Lyman) Derry, age 69, passed away suddenly at her home in Riverview, Fla.
Throughout her life, Penny was a friend to creatures great and small. She loved all animals and had many furry companions that she doted on and shared her home and heart with. Her talent in anything crafty was legendary. Her embroidery pieces are treasured by her family and friends, knowing the hours she spent on them; always being sure to pick the right print for the right person, and exacting them to her high standards.
Before her retirement, she worked at the Salem District Court as the Criminal Clerk of courts. Despite the pace and stressful nature of the job, she found opportunities to share a laugh and a smile with not only her coworkers but the many people coming through the courthouse doors. She had a gift for looking for the best in people, no matter their circumstances.
Shortly after she retired, she moved down to Florida to escape the snow and embrace the sunshine. Embrace it she did! Her days were full of fun, whether at the pool or sharing a tea with friends, she made the most of her last years. She leaves her closest girlfriends with wonderful memories of her smiling face and sassy adventures.
In addition to her many friends and adopted family, Penny leaves behind her two daughters, Kimberley Steger and her husband, Patrick of Hooksett, Susan Blondin of Penacook, N.H.; and her three grandchildren, Kullen, Sydney and Isabelle.
As was her wish, her remains will be scattered on the Onondaga Reservation in Syracuse, N.Y.
“Just when the caterpillar thought her world was over…she became a butterfly.”
Published on  December 2, 2016