Obituary: Shona Derksen of Redwood City, Was Advocate for Nursing Profession

A native of New Zealand, Shona married Jacobus Derksen of the Netherlands and formed close relationships with the Dutch-American community.

Shona Christina Derksen, Resident of Redwood City  Photo: Legacy.com
Shona Christina Derksen, Resident of Redwood City Photo: Legacy.com
[Editor's note: This obituary was originally posted on Legacy.com.]

Shona Christina Derksen,
Resident of Redwood City

81, passed away on Monday the 2nd of December surrounded by family at home. Born in Timaru, New Zealand on the 11th of August 1932 to Patrick and Isabelle O'Connor, she was the third of four children. Sister to the late Jean and John and is survived by her sister Glenis. She is also survived by her two children Jennifer and Patrick, his wife Eva and their four daughters, Kristina, Samantha, Carly and Sarah. 

She began her nursing career at age 18 in New Zealand and went on to become a midwife. She worked in Fiji before moving to Redwood City in 1959 to join and marry her late husband Jacobus (Joop) Derksen, a Dutch immigrant whom she met in New Zealand. Shona worked for 40 years as a nurse and according to her friends and colleagues was a great advocate for the nursing profession. In the last 20 years of her career she worked at the Sequoia's in Portola Valley. Her knowledge and professionalism, as well as her sense of humor, endeared her to colleagues and patients alike.

Her hobbies included playing Scrabble, bridge and Klaverjasen with her friends. Due to her and her husband's isolation from extended family, their close friends became their surrogate family. Shona had close relationships within the Dutch-American community, with her neighbors and nursing friends. Many of her children's friends considered her their second Mom. She was also a much loved Oma to the young children of her friends and neighbors. Her home was always open to all. She was frequently visited by family from New Zealand and Holland and was a beloved aunt to all her nieces and nephews.

A service will be held at St. Pius Church in Redwood City on Friday December 13th at 4pm.


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