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Arllys Lavaughn (Mcgary) Drane

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February 20, 1926 - January 22, 2018
Arllys LaVaughn (McGary) Drane, 91, passed away on January 22, 2018, in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, of complications from metastatic breast cancer. Born in Norwalk, Wisconsin, on February 20, 1926, to Clayton Eugene McGary and Clara Lucinda (Miller) McGary, she spent her early girlhood in Norwalk, moving in 1936 to San Antonio, Texas, where she lived most of the rest of his life. In 2009, she and her husband Frank moved to Austin to live with their daughter Jackie and son-in-law Peter. During the past few years she spent part of her time with her daughter, Debbie (and family), in Mt Pleasant, SC, where she enjoyed seeing her grandchildren and having the family pets curl up in her lap.

She is survived by her children and their spouses: Donald Drane (Elaine Butterfoss) of Wilmington, DE, Jackie Drane (Peter Newton) of Austin, TX, and Debbie Robison (Jay Robison) of Mt. Pleasant, SC. She is also survived by her grandchildren: James Drane, Sarah Drane, Rachel Drane, Colin Robison, and Mackenzie Robison; nieces: Cindy Kilborn, Anne Gruszka, and Jean Golladay, Pat Chandler, Susie Fake, Carolyn Fake, as well as their spouses and children (and their children!). In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her devoted husband of 67 years, Frank; her beloved sister, Madge Kilborn; and her dear niece, Mary Beth Kilborn.

Arllys' (or Audy, as her family called her) girlhood in Norwalk was filled with many family activities, since all her grandparents, aunt and uncles, and cousins lived in or around Norwalk. She and her sister Madge (Manny) spent many happy hours playing with their cousins Calvin Hesselgrave and Stanley Heffernan in each other's houses. She told of walking up the hill to her grandparents' big house on Christmas Eve, snow crunching under their feet, for the traditional meal of oyster stew. Arllys' father suffered from heart disease which prompted, when she was 10 years old, the family's move to Texas to escape the harsh Wisconsin winters. Sadly, her father only lived a few more years, passing away in 1941 at age 39. Consequently, Arllys was extremely close to her mother and sister, forming a cohesive trio as they continued their life together.

Arllys attended Ben Milam Elementary School and Hawthorne Junior High School, where she made many friends, including Gloria Moffett and Mabel Jingu. She joined the Rainbow Girls. She graduated Thomas Jefferson High School in 1943 and enrolled in Baptist Hospital M&S Nursing School as a cadet nurse. After graduating in 1946 as a registered nurse, she worked as a private duty nurse for four years. She married Frank Drane on March 24, 1948, at Travis Park Methodist Church, San Antonio. Together, they raised three children. Arllys became a stay-at-home mom upon the birth of their first child. In October 1956, Frank and Arllys with their three children moved into 122 Montpelier Dr., and she and Frank lived there until March 2008. She was a wonderful homemaker, took pride in her house, and loved working in her yard.

Arllys was a very loving wife and mother and grandmother. She always put her family first. She possessed a truly sweet nature and gentle demeanor and an easy laugh. She delighted in doing special things for her family. Arllys was well known for her potato salad and her oatmeal cookies, having made too many batches to count. She loved growing plants inside and out -- she had an amazing green thumb. Arllys loved all dogs and cats.

Arllys was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1976 and lived with the disease, off and on, for over forty years. She amazed her entire family with her stamina and fortitude -- she inspired everyone with how she always just got on with things, putting one foot in front of the other, so typical as a member of the Greatest Generation. She died peacefully at home surrounded by her family and by her extra-special four-legged friend, Tilly.

The family would like to acknowledge their deep gratitude to Dr. Rene Castillo and Laura Wendlandt of Texas Oncology for their excellent and compassionate care of Arllys.

A memorial service for Arllys will be held on Monday, March 12, 2018, in the chapel at Mission Park Dominion Cemetery, 20900 IH 10 West, San Antonio, TX. The family will receive family and friends beginning at 10:30am; the service will begin at 11:00, led by Rev. George Bradley of Jefferson United Methodist Church. A brief graveside service for the inurnment of her ashes will follow. In lieu of flowers, friends and family are requested to consider a donation to or American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Arllys loved her family unconditionally and without measure. We are all so grateful to have had such a loving mother, grandmother, and aunt. We were blessed to have had her in our lives and by the many years she was with us. Her life can be defined by one word: love.
Published in Express-News on Mar. 11, 2018
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