Beverly Marie Drake
1935 - 2021
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Beverly Marie Drake

Beverly Marie Drake passed away on January 8, 2021 from natural causes. Bev was born on August 2, 1935 to Harold and Delberta Lamoreaux in Eureka, California. Bev grew up in Showers Pass, California with her four siblings, moving to Eureka with the family to attend school when she was six. She attended Eureka High School and met Gale Drake through the youth program at the Eureka Baptist Church. Bev and Gale were married for 38 years and had three children. Bev worked at Cal Trans in various support positions and then worked alongside Gale when they purchased and operated Student's Inn and then Handee Market for over 17 years.
Her love of travel started early with family camping trips to Hayden Flats with the entire neighborhood taking over the campground. The family often packed up the Rambler station wagon and headed to Avenue of the Giants, Yosemite, and other National Parks. The family had a homemade custom trailer with a fold out cooking counter where Bev would cook for the whole crew. All these great adventures passed the love of adventure and travel on to her children.
After taking golf classes at the College of the Redwoods, Bev became an avid golfer and golfed with the lady's clubs in Eureka and Willow Creek for many years. She served on the boards of both groups and made many friends through golf. Bev became a competitive golfer joining the Eureka and Willow Creek ladies' teams competing throughout Northern California. She enjoyed traveling for golf and was able to golf in many foreign and exotic locations with her family. In 2017 Bev traveled to Des Moines, Iowa to attend the Solheim Cup, where she rooted on the USA team to a win.
Bev left Eureka to live in South Pasadena and Moscow Russia so she could help care for her oldest grandson. She followed her grandsons' school activities enjoying all their musical and sport performances. You would often see her cheering from the stands at marching band competitions, soccer and little league baseball and high school basketball games.
After spending many years in Willow Creek living on the Big Foot Golf Course she moved to Reno, Nevada to be close to family and her grandkids. She spent her time in the garden with a very green thumb growing a large crop of the best tasting tomatoes that she shared with family and neighbors. She had a beautiful yard with some of her favorite trees and the most beautiful flowers.
Bev will be missed by her daughter Cheryl Drake, son Ron Drake and daughter Cathy Maurer along with her husband Mark and their two sons, Austin, and Jackson. She will also be missed by many friends.
A remembrance will be held during the summer once it is safe to gather.

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Published in Times-Standard from Feb. 7 to Feb. 14, 2021.
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February 8, 2021
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
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