CAMN is saddened to report the passing of one of our valuable and dedicated members Mary Kathleen Miles Derusse.
Mary Kathleen Miles (DeRusse)
1948 - 2014
Published: October 26, 2014
Mary Kathleen Miles (DeRusse), of Cabot, passed away after a brief illness on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the age of 66. She remained always a devoted mother, sister, and friend. She will be greatly missed by the many who knew and loved her.
Mary was born in Seminole, Okla., on Feb. 9, 1948, the second of five children of William Harold and Leola Cummings Miles. She moved with her family away from Oklahoma in Jan. 1966, but she never lost her passion for her beloved Oklahoma Sooners. Her proudest accomplishments in life occurred during the next 14 years while she lived in Texas. Her sons, Darryl and Casey Vannoy, were both born in Texas. Darryl has gone on to make his home in Mary's home state of Oklahoma, and Casey proudly calls Arkansas his home. After moving to Arkansas in 1979, Mary was captivated by the natural beauty of her new home and adopted it as her own. She especially enjoyed showing off the state's wonders to family when they came to visit.
While Mary's heart was devoted to the raising of her sons, she also silently exhibited the incredible work ethic that was the other side of her being. She accepted a position with the VA hospital in Little Rock in Jan. 1980, as a teletype operator. She retired in April 2012, as Patient Accounts Manager, overseeing a multimillion dollar budget. Second to her sons, Mary was very devoted to the quality of care to our nation's veterans.
In the last several years of her life, Mary was learning how to enjoy retirement. She had developed an appreciation of photography along with her sister, Nancy. They enjoyed numerous photo safaris together across Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas. She also enjoyed the many traveling adventures with her life partner, William Harvey. Prior to her illness, Mary became a Master Naturalist and volunteered as secretary to the Central Arkansas Master Naturalists organization where she also enjoyed teaching special classes for children.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Michael Andrew. She is survived by her sons, Darryl and Casey; brother, William Miles Jr., his wife Jackie; and sisters, Nancy Miller and Elizabeth Miles; and two nephews.
The family will have a private service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Arkansas Cancer Society, 901 N. University, Little Rock, Ark. 72203, the Little Rock SPCA, Humane Society of Pulaski County, 14600 Col. Glenn Rd., Little Rock, Ark. 72211, or the Central Arkansas Master Naturalists, home.arkansasmasternaturalists.org
Arrangements are by Roller-Owens Funeral Home, 5509 John F. Kennedy Blvd., North Little Rock, Ark. 72116 (501-791-7400