Carrie Lynn Drake 51
Born March 21st, 1969 in Chicago Illinois
This is no ordinary obituary. This is written as Carrie lived. Full of love, passion, and hope for humanity.
She lived a life full of trials and tribulations, yet Carrie gave fully of herself to others, without prejudice, often leaving herself with nothing. She gave all she had. If you needed clothing, she would share, though hers were tattered. If you were hungry, she would give you her food without thought that her stomach would hunger. Though she lived a life at times in despair, somehow fur babies would find her and bring her comfort. To them she even gave all.
Carrie didn't seek reward or accolade for her natural calling of being a caregiver to all, however, overlooking herself. She dedicated herself as a servant to humanity though many days brought bigger storms for her to face.
Being adopted with love by Gerald and Rosemary Drake was a sign of great things to come. A family who loved her and a life so full of hope. After the loss of her mom (Rosemary) when Carrie was just 7, Carrie had already learned and carried on her teachings. Those were to love all, open your heart and door and care for whoever came through. Like her mom she left this world a better place. Although many saw Carrie as calloused or bitter, strong-willed, hardheaded and definitely stubborn, she loved… With all that she was she loved.
Carrie loved and held dear her family, friends, and friends that became family, and plus all creatures in the animal kingdom with the exception of spiders and snakes. Carrie was born in Chicago, then lived in Texas and finally Maine which she loved most and called home.
Carrie raised her hands high in prayer as her faith was unwavering. She praised God for all she had, though in many eyes was not much, yet she was blessed with a kind heart and that was her true gift to all of us who are left to honor and carry on her work.
Though Carrie found herself homeless and unable to get the resources needed to have a home, she did not leave this world bitter. She left us the greatest example of why we must not turn our heads from those less fortunate, those who are hungry, need shelter, or children and animals that need families. Carrie ached if others felt hunger, cold or loneliness. To honor her we must raise others.
Carrie had many talents as she was an incredible athlete in her younger years, she was in excelled classes throughout school and was a great debater. She spent the better part of her working career as a cook throughout Bangor area restaurants as she loved to cook and had incredible work ethics.
Carrie was preceded in death by her parents Gerald and Rosemary Drake and her stepsister Elena Gonzalez.
She is survived by her siblings and their families David Drake, Carmen Montes, Matthew Drake, Steven Drake, Yvonne Fronczak, her step siblings Ann Marie Gonzalez and Gualberto Gonzalez as well as her stepmother, who she greatly loved and called mom, Margaret Drake. She had a very special place in her heart for her nephews, Dominic and Deonte Drake. Last but not least, she had many friends and acquaintances whose lives will forever be better because of Carries influence.
May you rest in peace. Your work on earth is done, we love you and in your memory we shall carry on.