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Remember Me

Posted by: John_Hamilton on 02/16/2013 09:48 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 02/17/2013 09:30 AM
Expires: 01/01/2018 12:00 AM

Patricia B. Derby June 7, 1943- February 15, 2013

San Andreas, CA...Pat Derby died peacefully last night in her home at ARK 2000. Ed Stewart, her partner of 37 years, was by her side. Diagnosed with throat cancer in July of 2010, she fought her way through radiation and chemotherapy and continued to deal with side effects from treatment, including anemia. In early fall of last year came the news that cancer had returned...

Pat Derby with "71"

"It had to begin with elephants.
I was born in love with all elephants:
not for a reason that I know,
not because of any of their individual qualities,
- wisdom, kindness, power, grace, patience, loyalty -
but for what they are altogether, for their entire elephantness."


Pat and Ed chose to keep this last fight a private matter. We honored their wishes.

It's impossible for any of us to imagine life without Pat Derby - PAWS without Pat Derby - but she chose, and trained, her support team well, and under the leadership of Ed Stewart, Pat's dreams and visions will be kept alive, her advocacy for animals will continue and PAWS will move forward.

We'll miss her fire, determination and fearlessness; her intelligence and her passion.

We'll miss her sense of humor.

Pat Derby was a partner, leader, mentor, teacher and friend. She was the first to champion the cause of performing animals, and today, because of her work and her fierce determination, most animal protection organizations have captive wildlife programs that address the issues of performing animals.

Pat chose a life for herself that was not for the timid.
She built ARK 2000.

Rest in peace dear friend.

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A celebration of Pat's life will be planned at a later date. Ed has requested no flowers be sent. For anyone wishing to honor Pat, he would prefer donations be made to PAWS in her memory. Letters of condolences can be sent to P. O. Box 849, Galt, CA 95632, or emailed to

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Pat Derby
Posted on: 2013-02-16 23:05:15   By: Anonymous
The animal kingdom has lost a queen, the world has lost a shining star. Rest beautiful lady.

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    Re: Pat Derby
    Posted on: 2013-02-17 09:07:12   By: Anonymous
    She was a great lady

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      Re: Pat Derby
      Posted on: 2013-02-17 09:26:52   By: Anonymous
      Pat Derby was an inspiration to all animal lovers. While she can never be replaced, her legacy lives on at PAWS. I have been there twice, and will never forget meeting her and seeing the joy in the animal's eyes. They were finally safe from abuse thanks to Pat and Ed. What a remarkable woman! She will be greatly missed.

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An Angel
Posted on: 2013-02-17 07:34:56   By: Anonymous
Pat Derby was an amazing woman whose contributions in this world will be forever admired. Her love of innocent life and protection of same is unparalleled. While deeply missed, she will shine down upon us all to be better and do better to care for the great animals she so dearly loved. rest sweet lady.

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Cancer Battle
Posted on: 2013-02-17 08:29:48   By: Anonymous
As a survivor of tongue and mouth cancer,(2009) I can relate to Pat's battle.It is important after,and during treatment, to change diet,and continue with the new diet.The diet is described in a search of Gerson therapy.It is important to actively take control of your therapy, not abdicate your return to health to the Drs.,but take an active part in your return to health.The return to health is a spiritual,physical,mental ,and medical effort.If the person takes an active part in their return to health,the chances of full recovery,and not having a remission is many times fold increased.

I offer my condolences to Pat's family.

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Posted on: 2013-02-17 09:43:17   By: Anonymous
very sad day today, what a wonderul woman who loved her beloved animals with such a passion, I pray that her legacy will go on. I did not know Pat personally but I have been truly moved by her dedication.
Rest in Peace

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No Subject
Posted on: 2013-02-17 10:29:13   By: Anonymous
I knew Pat for a long time through Rotary. She was an impressive lady and will be greatly missed.

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Blessings To All
Posted on: 2013-02-17 10:29:14   By: Anonymous
What a fortunate county we are to have had such a wonderful woman living amongst us. She saved so many animals through out her life.
Her legacy lives on in Calaveras County---how lucky are we. May she be greeted by a plethora of elephants with upward turned trunks.
Thank you Pat!
Ladybug and Chopper

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No Subject
Posted on: 2013-02-17 12:22:37   By: Anonymous
The world's wildlife needs many more like her. She gave the gift of kindness to the helpless.

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Pat Derby
Posted on: 2013-02-17 17:05:07   By: Anonymous
Pat will be sorely missed by countless people and animals. I met her several times when volunteering at PAWS and was in awe of her can-do attitude, great spirit and determination. She was the heart and soul of PAWS and the protector and voice of abused animals. What a tragic loss! Ruth

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Posted on: 2013-02-17 21:01:07   By: Anonymous
The Sierra foothills lost one incredible woman recently. The elephants, tigers, lions at PAWS will be sad without her.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2013-02-18 18:06:08   By: Anonymous
She was a beautiful person and a wonderful Rotarian. We will miss her...

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