Eulalie ("Lelie") Jenkins Draper

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Eulalie ("Lelie") Jenkins Draper, of Birmingham, AL, was born on December 19, 1930 and went to be with her beloved Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, November 21, 2015, while surrounded by family. Lelie was predeceased by her parents, Raleigh McGhee Jenkins and Katharine Crommelin Jenkins and her sister, Katharine Jenkins Sutherland. Lelie devoted her life to serving Jesus Christ. She truly fulfilled Jesus's commands to "love the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength and love your neighbor as yourself." She was a beautiful lady and was loved for her sweet nature, gracious spirit, and joyful presence. Lelie attended Lakeview Elementary School and Ramsay High School in Birmingham and was president of her high school sorority, Theta Kappa Delta (TKD). She later graduated from Sweet Briar College in Lynchburg, Virginia. She was presented at the Holiday Assembly, the Black and White Ball, and the Redstone Ball. On December 8, 1956, she married Clare Hill Draper III, at St. Mary's-on-the-Highlands Episcopal Church. Lelie and Clare initially lived in New York, NY where Lelie worked for Time Magazine. They then returned to Birmingham for several years before moving to Anniston, Alabama for 30 years. They were long-time members of Grace Episcopal Church in Anniston, where Lelie was president of Episcopal Church Women (ECW) and taught Sunday School. She also taught Latin at the Donoho School. When they returned to Birmingham in 1994, they joined the Cathedral Church of the Advent where Lelie attended the Advent Ladies' Bible Study and was a member of St. Martha's Guild. She also was actively involved with Community Bible Study. Lelie had a heart for community service and willingly took on leadership positions in many of the organizations she served. She was a member of the Junior League of Birmingham and numerous social organizations including Bookmarkers, New Era Study Club, Cambridge Study Club, Rockbrook Garden Club, Tremont Garden Club, Lily of the Valley Garden Club, Harlequin and Gaieties Dance Clubs, and Mountain Brook Music and Art Club. With Clare, she was a member of Mountain Brook Club and The Club. Lelie was very interested in the preservation of our country's heritage and was active in the National Society of Colonial Dames, Order of the Crown, Huguenot Society of South Carolina, the New York Historical Society, and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Her family was the focus of most of her life, and this is where she particularly excelled in servant leadership and love. She is survived by her beloved husband, three devoted children, Clare Hill Draper IV, and his wife, Laura, of Atlanta, GA; Eulalie Crommelin Draper Given and her husband, Robert, of Birmingham; and, Raleigh Jenkins Draper of Atlanta. She is also survived by her cherished grandchildren, Margaret Crommelin Draper, Clare Hill Draper V, Thomas Rains Draper, Robert Sommerville Wilkerson Given, Jr., Eulalie Crommelin Draper Given, and Ellen Elizabeth deBerniere Given as well as her brother-in-law Frank Watkins Draper and his wife, Fontaine, nieces Katharine Sutherland Patton and her husband, Donny, and Helen Draper Young and her husband, Brad; nephew Alexander Yearly Draper and his wife, Mindy, and many cousins and godchildren. The family would like to thank devoted caregivers Sherrell Curtis, Lisa Hallman, and Carmen Medrano who were such a blessing to the family with their gifts of love, comfort and care. A memorial service will be held at the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham, AL on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at 1:00 pm. Visitation and a reception will follow the service at the Cathedral Church of the Advent. Memorials may be sent to the Cathedral Church of the Advent, 2017 6th Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203, Children's Hospital, 2112 11th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35205, or .
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Published in The Anniston Star on Nov. 24, 2015
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