Selfless, spirit filled and sacrificing. She lived it, loved it,
and now is receiving her reward in Heaven for a life well
lived. Sallye Francena Derrickson was born in Crisfield,
MD on December 10, 1928, the second child of the late
Reverend Cyrus Walter and Mrs. Nancy Byrd Derrickson.
As one of five siblings, she spent her formative years
living in parsonages, from the Eastern Shore of
Maryland to Philadelphia, PA. After graduating from
Moton High School in Easton, MD, she attended Bennett
College in Greensboro, NC. After her first year, she
discovered her parent’s grueling ministerial
responsibilities were affecting their quality of life. She
felt compelled to come home from college to assist.
From this point on, she found her calling to never leave
her family’s side.
Sallye has been the hands -on backbone of the
Derrickson, Byrd, and Murray families for generations.
She has unselfishly raised nieces, nephews, nursed sick
relatives, and managed the households, cleaned
parsonages and churches after each move, cooked;
making a mean pot of chicken and dumplings.
She held significant positions in the “Old Delaware
Church Conference”, played the piano, sang in choirs,
and taught Sunday School. Sallye loved the great
outdoors; as exhibited by her flower and vegetable
gardens, hunting, fishing, and just watching the moon
and the stars. In her downtime, she enjoyed jigsaw
puzzles and word searches.
Always civic-minded, the day she became old enough to
register to vote was a milestone for her. Years later in
1963, she and her sister Margaret participated in the
March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom with Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Upon her father’s retirement in 1970; she moved with
her father and youngest nephew to Willingboro, NJ and
took up residence with her older sister Margaret and
brother-in-law Reverend Alfred Murray. She was an
active member of Good Shepherd UMC, then St. Paul
UMC. She chauffeured her father to many speaking
engagements, taught Sunday School, and was a constant
support for the many ministries going on within the
household. All of this, while providing parental
guidance for her nephew’s schooling and sporting
It was important to Sallye that her parent’s never go into
a nursing home. She cared for her mother Nancy Byrd
for seven years prior to her death. Likewise, she cared
for her father until his passing. It was then that she
began to think about what God had next for her. She
Certified Nursing Assistant at Burlington Woods in
She always said, ”It was important to treat my patients
as if they were my own parents. “
Her natural abilities led to a promotion entitled “Quest
for Quality”. She was also instrumental in getting
smoking banded from the facility. She worked there for
After a nine- year illness, Sallye went home to be with
her beloved Lord and Savior on January 15th, 2021.
Sallye is the last of her generation. She leaves to mourn,
nieces, nephews, a host of friends and dedicated
caregivers from Bayada and The Hospice of Moorestown