Nancy Ann (Loeprich) Drake

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Drake Nancy Ann (Loeprich) Drake. A psychiatric nurse who dedicated her life to helping others, Nancy Ann (Loeprich) Drake, 79, died in Ann Arbor, Mich., January 23, 2014. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Born April 25, 1934, in Detroit to Beulah (Spencer) and John Loeprich, Nancy inherited from her parents a love of nature, strong work ethic, thrift and a good sense of humor. She graduated from Port Huron High School in 1952, then received a bachelor's degree in nursing in 1956 from the University of Michigan, where she made lifelong friends and met her husband, John, while both were working at the Veteran's Readjustment Center, part of the Neuropsychiatric Institute. Nancy and John married April 6, 1957, and moved to Newport, R.I., where she began a nursing career and he attended Naval Officer's Candidate School. From there they were stationed in Oahu, Hawaii, the birthplace of their first son. Returning to the mainland they gave birth to two more sons and, while John began building a career with the Carnation Company, Nancy got busy building boys. Nancy went on to earn her master's degree in 1973 from The Ohio State University. While in Columbus, she taught nursing at Grant Hospital (which became an affiliate of the nursing program at Otterbein University) and later at Ohio Wesleyan University for a short time before culminating her career as the Director of Nursing Staff Development at Harding Hospital. She was honored to sit on the University of Michigan Medical Center Visiting Committee from 1976-1980. She also served in a leadership role for Ohio Nurses Association and traveled with a contingency to China. Throughout their 57-year journey, John and Nancy called a lot of places home but none more special than Torch Lake in Northern Michigan, where they retired and where Nancy enjoyed gardening, cooking, spending time with grandchildren, reading, writing, painting watercolors and welcoming guests. Above all, she valued time with loved ones. "Relationships are the most important things in life," she always said. Nancy will be sorely missed. She was admired and loved for her sense of fun, her wisdom, wit and integrity. She was a good listener and a lover of birds. She also loved to write, and surely she has inscribed her love and vivid life story on all of our hearts. Nancy is survived by her husband, John Drake of Dexter, Mich.; along with three sons, John (Alohna) of West Plains, Mo., Jeff (Jeanette) of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and Randy (Judy) of Mooresville, Ind. She is preceded in death by her brother Tom and survived by her sister, Claudia Maurer of Kalamazoo; and brother, Pat (Betty) of Pittsburgh; along with six grandchildren, Emily, Sara, Karen, Elizabeth, Eric and Charlie; and three great grandchildren, Kamryn, Jacob and Florence. Calling hours will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, January 26 at the MUEHLIG FUNERAL CHAPEL, 403 S. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, January 27 at The First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor with The Reverend Dr. Robert K. Livingston officiating. A time of food and fellowship at the church will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the University of Michigan School of Nursing Class of 1956 Scholarship Fund, The First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor at 608 E. William St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104 or Arbor Hospice at 2366 Oak Valley Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48103.


Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Jan. 24, 2014
Nancy Ann Drake
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