Helen Jeannette Drake, 82, of Findlay, passed away on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at her residence. She was born on March 21, 1932, to the late Rollie A. and Bertha (Newland) King in Alger, OH. She married Charles F. Drake on October 11, 1947, and he preceded her in death on September 25, 1996.
Helen is also survived by her son, Charles F. (Jennifer) Drake, Jr. of Findlay; four daughters: Susan (Larry) Heiserman of Findlay, Toni Hazelton of Findlay, Robin (James) Welly of Findlay, and Christine (Keith) Siferd of Deshler, OH; two brothers: Robert (Pat) King of Eaton Rapids, MI and Joe (Lisa) Ricker of FL; sister, Ruth Lee of Van Buren, OH; nine grandchildren: Stephanie Wendt, Corey Heiserman, Traci Dunn, Tommy Hazelton, Tim Hazelton, Casey Pilcher, Adam Welly, Bruce Spoon II, and Brad Spoon; 21 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by three brothers: Eldon, Lewis, and Melvin King; and two sisters: Donna Sprague and Beverly Wingenbach.
Married at the age of 15 to Charles, they shared almost 50 years together before his passing. Along with raising five GRATEFUL children, she also worked outside of the home retiring from GE (the former RCA). Her hobbies included playing bingo, crocheting, gardening, and riding her lawn mower at her home where the family resided for 57 years.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME with her nephew, Dewey Lee officiating.
Visitation will be held from 2:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, 2014 and for one hour prior to the service (1:30-2:30 p.m.) Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made in her memory to Bridge Home Health and Hospice and/or to the Alzheimer’s Association of Northwest Ohio. Online condolences may be made via www.coldrencrates.com.
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