Martha "Mot" Derrick

Martha Bryan Derrick of Newberry, died Thursday, October 14, 2021, at White Oak Manor.


A lifelong resident of Newberry County, she was the widow of John F. Derrick and the daughter of the late Ralph and Erin Wicker Bryan.


“Mot” as she was affectionately known retired from Newberry Academy after thirty two years of devoted service as Director of Kindergarten.


She was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer.


Active in her community Mot served as a volunteer and Ambassador Coordinator at the Newberry Opera House since the rededication in 1998. She was a member of the Newberry County Historical and Museum Society where she was secretary and board member for many years. She was a member of the Dutch Fork Chapter of the S.C. Genealogical Society and S.C. Historical Society.


Mot is survived by her beloved family, her son, Bryan Derrick and granddaughters, Briley and Erin. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Sandra Bryan and nieces Sandy Rinehart and Lena Scruggs and their families. She was predeceased by her brother, Ralph Bryan.


Graveside services will be held at 2:00 pm Sunday, October 17, 2021, at Newberry Memorial Gardens by the Rev. Matthew Titus. Visitation will be Saturday from 4:30 – 6:00 pm at the McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben Street, Newberry, SC 29108 or The Newberry Museum, 1300 Friend Street, Newberry, SC 29108.





#22 Sheriff Lee Foster 2021-10-19 08:02
Our family offers our tribute to a hard-working, involved lady. She always had the best interest of the task at hand. I appreciate her kindness to me when our paths crossed. She is now at Peace. Lee, Carol, Joseph, Amelia
#21 Phyllis B Jolley 2021-10-19 01:52
Sending sincere sympathy in the passing of ‘Mot’. She was a definite cornerstone at the Newberry Opera House. She ran a tight ship & produced ambassadors that added to the success of the NOH. RIP Ms ‘Mot’ … you will be missed by many in Newberry.
#20 June Force 2021-10-18 10:39
So sorry to hear of Martha's passing. She was a beautiful person. I worked with her some at the Newberry
Opera House

#19 Faye Jones 2021-10-16 14:11
A beautiful lady inside n out. She loved everyone n it was evident n her daily life. I have memories that I will always cherish. My years with her at the Opera House is beyond measure. My love n prayers to each of you. Faye
#18 Bootsie Cousins 2021-10-16 08:34
Walter and I are sorry to hear about Mot’s passing, and our sympathy and thoughts are with you all.
#17 John & Kathy Linday 2021-10-16 08:15
Ms. Mot was one of the kindest and most caring neighbors anyone could wish for, her smile was infectious . Mot certainly was a positive influence on literally thousands at the Academy as well as during her time at the Opera House. Bryan, Bailey and Erin are in our prayers.
God’s Peace,
Johnny and Kathy Lindsay
#16 John & Kathy Linday 2021-10-16 08:15
Ms. Mot was one of the kindest and most caring neighbors anyone could wish for, her smile was infectious . Mot certainly was a positive influence on literally thousands at the Academy as well as during her time at the Opera House. Bryan, Bailey and Erin are in our prayers.
God’s Peace,
Johnny and Kathy Lindsay
#15 John Thompson 2021-10-15 22:31
Mot and John welcomed us to Newberry 44 years ago and have been the best next door neighbors you could ever hope for. She has been so helpful and kind over the years and Carol and I will miss her. John Thompson
#14 Donna Morris 2021-10-15 14:31
As I write this, with a sad heart, there are no words to properly describe Mot. I met Mot when, to my delight, she was my kindergarten teacher. Along with a few other friends I worked with & became friends with Mot at the Newberry Opera House. She enjoyed the arts & working with people so coordinating the volunteer ambassador program was the perfect position. She dedicated countless hours to making sure that every show had ambassadors to assist guest. She absolutely adored her family. Thank you to Bryan, Briley & Erin for sharing your mom and grandmother with all of us. Even with the knowledge of her diagnosis it does not make saying goodbye easier. Sending many heartfelt condolences to the family. With Love, Donna Morris
#13 Rene Neel 2021-10-15 13:24
Brian and Family
Mot was such a SPECIAL person. I enjoyed our working relationship at NA Kindergarten and her friendship. My thoughts and prayers will be with you all.
#12 Mandy Randall 2021-10-15 11:44
So sorry to hear about your mother's passing. She was a special lady. I still have the red, white and blue blanket and hat that she knitted for my "bicentennial baby" Charlie in 1976. May God's peace surround and comfort you and your family in the days to come. Mandy Randall
#11 Janet McEntire 2021-10-15 09:04
Mrs. Derrick gave me wise words regarding my daughter's education that I always heeded. That advice made me a better mother and I will always remember and appreciate it.
#10 Sandra S Steadman 2021-10-15 08:15
Beth, Im so sorry for your loss. Tell Bryan how deeply sorry I am.
#9 Sinclair Talbot 2021-10-14 21:59
Bryan, jim and I send deepest sympathy
why to you. Your mom was a wonderful lady among us. SShe was a great teacher, Opera House leader,bridge partner and devoted to her son. Prayers and peace to all of her family.
#8 Jaymi Wilbanks 2021-10-14 21:25
Mot was truly a special person. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. May the Lord comfort you during this time and the days ahead. She touched many lives and will be missed.
#7 Susie Nichols 2021-10-14 20:30
Sympathy and prayers for the family!
Susie Berry
Brian Berry
#6 Harriett Rucker 2021-10-14 19:11
Bryan, Mot was a wonderful person and friend. We always enjoyed fun times together. We are saddened to hear of your loss. She loved you dearly. May your wonderful memories, God's love and peace bring you comfort now and in the days to come. Harriett and John Rucker
#5 Vicki Hendrix 2021-10-14 18:42
Bryan, I'm so sorry to hear of Mot's passing. She was so proud of her family. She was a beautiful lady and she will be missed . My prayers are with you and your family. May all your wonderful memories bring you comfort.
Love, Vicki
#4 Donna and Jimmy Berley 2021-10-14 18:20
Mot and I shared soo many life events. I can’t thank her enough for all the help she gave me with all her advice. She will always be remembered for helping me raise me son at Newberry Academy and then in later years, her wise words of wisdom at the nail salon. I appreciate this angel who has gone before us. My sincere sympathy to all the family. God bless you all.
#3 Joan and Ed Kyzer 2021-10-14 17:54
Bryan, Ed and I were talking yesterday about our neighborhood and the first three families to build homes here: Browns, Derricks and us (Kyzers). We talked about the days when you and Clarke used to play in the woods where houses now stand. We have such good memories of those days, you and your parents. We treasure those memories. We were fortunate to have your family as neighbors. Although we had not seen your mom in some time, we thought of her often. The days ahead will be difficult especially with you being an only child, but your faith and God will see you through. Our love, sympathy and prayers are with you. The Kyzers
#2 Bill franklin 2021-10-14 17:37
Bryan my sincere condolences. Call me 8033605564. Bill
#1 Linda Hendrix 2021-10-14 17:04
Bryan, we are so sorry for your loss! No words can express how much Mot was loved and respected! Your parents were always one of WP’s favorite Uncles and Aunt! So many wonderful memories, to keep in your heart, forever!
Love, Linda Hendrix, Renee and Brian and families!

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