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"Nakota" Nancy Jane "Ashstarte" Derry

October 5, 1936 March 18, 2018
"Nakota" Nancy Jane "Ashstarte"  Derry
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Obituary for "Nakota" Nancy Jane "Ashstarte" Derry

Nakota Ashstarte (born Nancy Jane Derry) left this life on March 18, 2018 at Willamette Valley Medical Center in McMinnville.
Nakota was born October 5, 1936 in Millsboro Pennsylvania to Nora Ellen (Welling) and Joseph Houston Derry. She is survived by her two children and a sister, Joann Gyure of Detroit Michigan.
She moved to McMinnville in the early 1990's with her beloved second husband, Vern Halcro, who preceded her in death in 2013. Intent on achievement, Nakota earned a doctoral degree while pursuing a career in the mental health field. She was active in the community through Soroptimists, McMinnville Women's Choir and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of McMinnville.
Nakota was a provocative and lively woman, a voracious reader, a staunch feminist and an intrepid spiritual explorer. She felt especially called by her ancestral Native American spirituality. She loved to travel, shop, watch movies and was known for her extraordinary celebrations and her Porch where friends would gather.
A memorial service is planned for April 15 at 1:30, at the Co-operative Ministries in McMinnville.

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