Anne Knight Sutherland Derosa
Anne Knight Sutherland Derosa passed away peacefully at home with her 2 rescue dogs close by on Wed, Dec 16.2020. Anne led an extraordinary life touching many people along the way.
Anne went to the University of Southern California School of Commerce where she met her husband of 40 years Ronald Dean Sutherland who preceded her in death in 1996. Later in life, Anne married another gentle soul Ettore " Dick" Derosa, and they shared several years together before his passing in 2012.
Anne accomplished and was involved in many organizations over the years. Out of college, she worked in television; she served as the Director of the Foundation for Retarded Children of the Desert now known as Angel View where she and a few others organized the James Franciscus Celebrity/Pro Tennis Tournament which eventually evolved into the BNP Paribus Open, now the 5th biggest tennis tournament in the world; she was active in the neurological program at the Learning Center in Riverside, Sherman Institute, Laubach Literacy Programs, Women's Auxiliary at Desert Hospital; She was the first woman president of the Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) in Palm Springs, CA.; she was on the first women's athletic board at the University of Southern California; a docent for many years at the Palm Springs Desert Museum, and then later at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. She and Ron, with a few others, started the USC Alumni Group Cardinal and Gold in the Coachella Valley; for many years she also did public relations and fundraising for Riverside County's District Attorney, Grover Trask; in later years she was very involved with the Music Academy of the West in Montecito where she and Dick sponsored many aspiring opera singers and percussionists.
Anne touched so many lives with her vivacious loving personality. She most enjoyed her family and friends, her dogs, USC Trojan football & basketball teams, tennis, watching golf, music, and art.
Anne was very proud of all of her children, Sue Lunt (Chris) of Aurora Colorado, children Brooke, Daniel, Andrew, Matthew, and Lauren; Lori Sutherland of Atherton, CA, children Taryn, Kylie, and Rhys; and Lisa Sutherland of Rancho Mirage, CA, along with her 4 great-grandchildren.
We were so fortunate to have an incredible physician Dr. David Ko who went above and beyond in his empathy and loving care of Anne. We will always be grateful to him and the wonderful hospice team at Charter Hospice; the numerous nurses, LVN's, home health aides, Chaplain Dana, and support people. The staff at Rancho Mirage Health & Rehabilitation Center and Vibra Rehabilitation Hospital; the wonderful caregivers, Maria Ramos & Betty Lua
Fight on mom!!
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