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October 21, 1931 - November 10, 2012 ALTUS Mary Lou Drake, 81, of Altus, OK, passed away on November 10, 2012. She was born October 21, 1931, in Greer County to Clifton and Eunice Crow. She attended City View from grade school through high school, graduating in 1949. She continued her education at Southwestern State College in Weatherford, Oklahoma, attaining a Bachelor's of Science and a Master's Degree in Education. She married Josh M. Drake, Jr. in April of 1959, in Mangum, Oklahoma. Mary was a math teacher in the Altus Public School System for 28 years. She taught at Central Junior High for 12 years and Southeast Junior High for 16 years. Mary earned "Regional Teacher of the Year" honors and was nominated for "Statewide Teacher of the Year" in 1986. After retiring from teaching, Mary loved to travel which took her to many places in the states and abroad. She was a long time volunteer with the Jackson County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and has also served as President of the Jackson County Retired Educators Association. Mary was also very active in her community, being involved with the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Josh M. Drake, Jr., three brothers, James, Richard and Border Crow, and sister-in-law, Claudine Richardson. She is survived by three sons, Bobby D. Howard and wife, Beth, of Del Norte, CO, Douglas D. Howard and wife, June, of Oklahoma City, OK, and Josh Drake, III and wife, Fran, of Altus, OK. Mary was blessed with six grandchildren, Scott Howard and wife, Malini, Brooke Bos and husband, Aaron, Windy Drake, Britney Coats and husband, Larry, Brian Howard, and Joshua Drake; and a great granddaughter, Faye Moore. She is also survived by four sisters, Willene Pryor, Peggy Wright, Ella Sheward and Sue Lindsey; and one brother, Jerry Crow. Mary had a wide circle of special friends and will be greatly missed by all. Celebration of Life Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 16, 2012, at the Kincannon Memorial Chapel with family and friends paying tribute. Additional parking is available behind the funeral home, the Best Western Hotel to the South and the Western Sizzlin' Steakhouse to the North. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: The JCMH Volunteer Auxiliary, 1200 E. Pecan, Altus, OK 73521 or The Jackson County Retired Educators Association, c/o Ann Mae Alexander, 16804 South C.R. 206, Altus, OK 73521. Online tributes may be made at kincannonfuneralhome.com

Published in The Oklahoman on Nov. 14, 2012
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