Marlys Drake

Marlys Rachael Drake, 84, of Staples, died at Lakewood Care Center in Staples on September 9, 2018. She was in Hospice Care to help keep her comfortable due to end stage congestive heart failure. 

 Services will be held at  3 p.m., Wednesday, August 12, 2018 at Faith Lutheran Church in Staples, with Pastor Carl Larson officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. 

Interment will be at Evergreen Hill Cemetery in Staples.

Arrangements were by  the Brenny Funeral Chapel in Staples.

Marlys Rachael (Paulson) Drake was born March 11, 1934 to Emil and Esther (Chilberg) Paulson of Aldrich. She grew up on the farm outside of Aldrich. After graduating from Staples High, she attended Moorhead Teacher’s College and earned her teaching certificate. She taught in one-room schools until her marriage to Vernon Drake in 1957. In 1958, their daughter Ann was born and her job as a mother began. Three boys followed, Paul, Carl and Keith. Through the years she managed to sew thousands of quilt tops for Lutheran World Relief as well as clothes for her family and others. She was active in many church activities while still able; monthly groups that finished quilt tops, card recycling, once was new sales and  kringla for bake sales. Her favorite relaxation activities were jigsaw puzzles, embroidery (most often baptismal napkins) and word finds. 

She is survived by one  daughter, Ann (Jon) Acord of Rugby, ND; two sons, Paul of Staples and Keith (Vickie) of Clear Lake; three grandchildren, Heather (Richard) Stevens, Ryan and Felicia (Jose Chinas) Drake; three great-grandchildren, Avalyne MaryAnn, Jarrett Vernon and Darrion Drake Stevens. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Vernon; infant son, Carl Robert; infant granddaughter, Karen Duncan; one sister, Frances Brouke  and brothers-in-law, Gilmore Land and Millard Brouke. 

Memorials are preferred to Faith Lutheran Church, Staples.        

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