Grass Valley mourns the loss of veteran teacher

Room 4 at Grass Valley Elementary School seems awfully empty this year.

Deidria Etheridge — a third-grade teacher known by friends and family as Dee — suffered a heart attack and stroke just three days before the start of school. She died Aug. 26, at age 59.

I stopped by Grass Valley this week to learn more about Etheridge, since she had taught there for more than 20 years.

After hearing the stories, I have to say that I wish I could have met her.

You can read the piece about her life and teaching career here. Information about Saturday’s memorial service is at the bottom of the obituary.

If you knew Etheridge, you’re welcome to add your memories of her on this forum.

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.

  • John

    I happened to meet Dee one time, while doing business at the central office. She was engaging, very friendly and brought some cheer to my day. Although my chance encounter with her happened years ago, I still remember it well.

  • sharnee gray

    i loved etheridge..

    i will never forget her. before i joined the army and my little sister was still there i made sure that i paid her a visit. She was and alway will be my favorite teacher.
    R.I.P. LOVE YOU Mrs. Etheridge.