Marie Drulard passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack on March 23, 2012 in Loveland, CO. Preceded in death by her parents, John and Ruth Lyon, her sister Nesta Jereb and brother-in-law Tom, her brother Morris and sister-in-law Marjean, and brothers-in-law Bob Wiarda and Dick French. Marie was survived by her husband of 55 years, Bob. Marie is also survived by her sisters Betty Vogel (Lefty), Frances Wiarda, Pat French; Brothers Whitney (Mary), Willie (Ann); son Jack of Dallas, Texas; daughter Kathy of Denver, CO, son-in-law Dr. Mark Bishard; and grandchildren Blake and Kristina Bishard. Also survived by many nieces and nephews and numerous other relatives. Marie was born in Traverse City, Michigan on June 16, 1936, the youngest of 8 children. Marie attended Traverse City High School, and married Bob Drulard, her high school sweetheart, on January 19, 1957. She graduated from Michigan State University, and began teaching in Grand Rapids, MI. Marie enjoyed working with charitable groups while living in the Grand Rapids area. Marie retired from the Kentwood School District after 15 years and moved to Detroit for her husband's career with General Motors. Marie was a popular substitute teacher in Troy, MI and also later in Plano, Texas. Bob and Marie retired in Loveland, CO in 1996. Marie enjoyed golf, cards, MSU athletics, and being the life of the party. In her retirement, Marie volunteered for various elementary school events. She especially enjoyed volunteering for her grandchildren's school activities, with her husband by her side. A memorial service is being held in this week in Traverse City, Michigan, Marie's hometown. In lieu of flowers you may wish to donate in Marie's name to a MSU College of Education scholarship fund at www.givingto.msu.edu/gift.
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Published in Loveland Reporter-Herald on July 29, 2012