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Mildred Drake

PRINCETON — Mildred "Loraine" Drake, 90, of Princeton passed away on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Zearing.

She was born June 7, 1922, in Stafford, Va., to William and Rosa (Baber) Shackleford. She graduated high school in Virginia and went on to business school in Washington, D.C.  There, she met Donald E. Drake from Princeton and they were married Feb. 3, 1949. He died Feb. 25, 2002.

After moving to Illinois, she spent her time being a homemaker and farm wife. She was passionate about gardening and being outside and she was happiest doing things for her family. She showed her endless love by her actions to those closest to her and was beloved by those who knew her also.

Loraine is survived by her three children, James Edward (Terrie) Drake of Princeton, Barbara Jean Borys of Princeton and Karen Sue (Steve) James of Salem, Wis. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, David and Daniel Drake, Shirley (the late Jim) Morse, Ben Borys, Sarah (Steve) Lawyer, Peter (Heidi) James, and Adam, Mark and Sarah James; and nine great-grandchildren, Matt, Sam, Lizzie and Erica Lawyer, and Ali, Austin, Maddy, McKenzie and Brooklynn Borys. Surviving as well is one sister-in-law, Charlotte (the late Bill) Shackleford, and her family of Virginia.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, an infant granddaughter, and brothers and sisters.

A memorial service will be at 7 p.m. May 24 at the Princeton Wesleyan Church with Pastor Doug Kirkpatrick officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church.

Memorials may be directed to 1033 Ambulance Service.


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