DRAKE, Janet L. Drake 85, of Brandon, died peacefully in her home Feb. 2, 2014. Born Feb. 12, 1928 in Indianapolis, IN, Jan spent her professional career as an office manager for three surgeons in Bradenton. She retired to Clearwater, then moved to Brandon in 2000 to be closer to family. Jan had an unwavering faith in God and was a member of Southside Baptist Church in Brandon. She is survived by sons, Randy, David, and Daniel; daughters-in-law, Ellen, Lori, and Dana; grandchildren, Amanda, Daniel, and Melissa; and her beloved cat, Beemer. A memorial service will be held at Southside Baptist Church located at 415 West Lumsden Road, Brandon Feb. 12, at 11 am. Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Southside Baptist Church or the Greater Brandon Meals on Wheels (P.O. Box 6576, Brandon, FL 33508) whose members and volunteers helped make Jan's life full in many ways. Jan will be laid to rest near her mother, Mary Hornbeck, at Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park in Clearwater. Jan's family wishes to extend their gratitude to the members of Southside Baptist Church, the volunteers of Greater Brandon Meals on Wheels program, and Life Path Hospice for their truly invaluable help and support.
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Feb. 9, 2014