Majel (Summers) Siegrist Drake(1917 - 2013)

Majel Summers Siegrist Drake, 96, a resident of Wyndemere Retirement Community in Wheaton, and formerly of St. Charles and Jacksonville, died Sunday, May 12, 2013, in Wheaton.

She was born March 2, 1917, on a homestead in Grass Range, Mont., the daughter of Carl D. Summers and Lois Yontz. Her stepmother was Beulah Summers. She was married to Gerald Siegrist from 1940-1949. She married Reavis Drake in 1963. He passed away in 1966.

She graduated from Winchester High School in 1934, attended University of Illinois, Illinois State University, and taught three years before marrying Gerald Siegrist. Later she earned her BA and MEd degrees from MacMurray College in Jacksonville and completed 35 years of teaching, 29 in Jacksonville. After retiring from teaching, she lived in St. Charles for 17 years before moving to Wheaton.

She is survived by three children, Fonda Lois Cloe of Seattle, James Ivan Siegrist, DVM of Batavia and Norma Louise (Wayne) DeMaar of St. Charles. Her grandchildren are Lance (Julie) DeMaar, Fonda DeMaar (Darby Nafziger) and Jessica Siegrist; and great-grandchildren, Megan and Drake DeMaar, and Skylar and Storie Nafziger. Also surviving are sister-in-law, Evelyn Summers of Philadelphia, Pa.; and eight nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Noel B. Summers and Clyde W. Summers; and a sister-in-law, Esther Summers.

She was a life member of the Illinois Education Association, National Education Association, American Association of University Women, St. Charles Women's Club, Alpha Delta Kappa teachers sorority in Jacksonville, a member of Grace Methodist Church in Jacksonville and the Congregational United Church of Christ in St. Charles.

A memorial service will be held at the Congregational United Church of Christ in St. Charles Saturday, June 22, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be at Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Jacksonville. Memorials may be made to the Congregational Church of St. Charles, AAUW, or . To leave an online condolence or remembrance to the family, visit the funeral homes obituary page at For more information, please call Yurs Funeral Home of St. Charles, 630-584-0060 or like us on Facebook.

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Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on May 17, 2013