Dearest Cheryl, Cathy and Ron. Very sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Your write up on her life was very nice and I have fond memories of many of the Drake family gatherings that I was lucky to have experienced. One summer I spent a couple of weeks with your family at Hayden Flat, sleeping in your pop up camper and swimming in the Trinity. Bev indeed cooked up some amazing meals for all of us. Some nights Bev would walk with us the 1/2 mile or so upriver to Del Loma where we would dance to a live western swing band. She also taught us some good card games! I can recall her friendly personality at Student's Inn, our hang out spot in high school with the best fries in town. She had such a nice speaking voice, so quiet, yet always adding a bit of teasing or humor that she would sneak into the conversation. She had a lot of patience too, because we were not the mildest of teenagers! In 2015 when we were taking our youngest to college in CA, we stopped in Reno to see Cheryl and Bev and indeed, she had the loveliest garden. She actually gave us some delicious cucumbers which we ate at our camping spots as we made our way back to TN.
It was a real pleasure to know and spend time with her over the years.
We are thinking of all of you and sending calm thoughts your way. Wishing you the safe keeping of your fabulous memories of her and know that her love and kindness will stay with you forever and us as well.
All the best,
Julie Spinas Sherman, Neil, Bryanna and Jaclyn