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Marian Drake

Marian Joyce Drake

Tuesday, February 15th, 1927 - Saturday, June 27th, 2020
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Born on February 15, 1927 in Alton Illinois to Paul and Amelia (Geil) Dooling. Marian, her sister Jeanne, and her mother soon moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where her mother soon enrolled in a New Deal-era job training program. Marian graduated from Phoenix Union High School in 1945, and Arizona State College in 1950, with a degree in Social Work.

Family being always at the center of her life, Marian soon moved to San Diego to be near her uncle Gene Geil. She soon met and married Lee Charles Drake, with a ceremony in La Jolla on June 11, 1953. Marian and Lee soon settled in Clairemont and were blessed with their first child Debbie in 1954. After moving to Lemon Grove, they decided to expand their family, adopting Michelle in 1966 and Celeste in 1967. The family finally settled in El Cajon in 1975. Marian loved living in their home in the hills, which boasted expansive views, green trees, and good neighbors who became good friends.

Marian worked as a probation officer her entire career, working with juveniles for a time before settling into the adult division. She retired in 1988 after nearly 40 years with San Diego County, but even that wasn’t enough. She went on to become a volunteer in the probation department, eventually earning a VIP (Volunteers in Probation) Volunteer of the Year Award.

She survived many hardships and tragedies in her 93 years, including the death of her beloved daughter Michelle in 1990. She faced each challenge with strength and fortitude, never wishing to rely on others—even though many would have gladly helped shoulder her burden.

She was an avid reader, knitter, windchime collector, and ceramic hobbyist. She loved the ocean (though more for looking at it than going into it), the beach, the forest, and the great outdoors in general. She enjoyed traveling (even if it meant she had to fly), learning history, playing canasta, and visiting with friends. She loved dogs, but hated to train them.

Beloved by her friends and family, and with a wry sense of humor, she was quick with a smile and would offer guests not only food and drink, but the shirt off her back. Acquaintances soon became friends, and her generosity knew no bounds. Her greatest joy in life was caring for and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her daughters Deborah Gail Drake of San Diego and Celeste Eileen Drake of Los Angeles; her grandchildren Anthony Patrick Caughlin of El Cajon and Sarah Soto of San Diego; Sarah’s wife Jennifer Phelps; and her great grandchildren Lucianna and Abigail Phelps.

She will be deeply missed.

An Internment Ceremony will be held at the Meditative Garden of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, 6556 Park Ridge Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92120 on July 11, 2020 at 9:00 A.M., Pacific Daylight Time. Due to COVID-19 limitations, in-person attendance will be limited to immediate family only. Extended family and friends are invited to join via zoom, using this link:

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Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to St. Dunstan’s Memorial Fund (https://www.stdunstans.org/) or to the Alzheimer’s Association (https://www.alz.org/). The family is hopeful that pandemic conditions will allow for an in-person remembrance to honor Marian’s extraordinary life in 2021.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Saturday, July 11th, 2020 | 9:00am
    When
    Saturday, July 11th, 2020 9:00am
    Location
    St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church
    Address
    6556 Park Ridge Blvd.
    San Diego, CA 92120
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    Due to COVID-19 limitations, in-person attendance will be limited to immediate family only. Extended family and friends are invited to join via zoom, using this link: https://eur04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fus02web.zoom.us%2Fj%2F87059434559%3Fpwd%3DZlEwa2xwTi83VTduZ1luaE05NkpQdz09&data=02%7C01%7C%7C177493aa555a4316dcb108d81de6726e%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637292222880008104&sdata=6eBSv5rvUPso3R1ZD3LlU8mKGcY0Aqw8dAkmkxYh6t4%3D&reserved=0
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    Location
    St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church
    Address
    6556 Park Ridge Blvd.
    Sn Diego, CA 92120
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Posted at 12:25am
Celeste - With the same warmth and selflessness your mom lived her life, we send you thoughts of comfort and peace. May Mrs. Drake rest in peace.
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Todd Curry

Posted at 08:38pm
I am so grateful that I had the chance to meet her! She was a lovely, lovely woman, and I still fondly remember the dinner I had with her over 10 years ago in DC. Her daughter Celeste is one of my favorite people on the planet. I am sending all my love and good wishes to the Drake family on the loss of this very special lady.
 
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Celeste Drake Posted at 10:48am

Todd, thank you so much for the kind words. I’m so glad you got to meet her too! I’m so glad you’re my friend and I miss you.
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Christine Sullivan

Posted at 07:37pm
Marian Drake was an extraordinary woman and I loved her. My favorite memories will be how her face would light up when I arrived, earnestly excited and genuinely interested in what I had to say and the stories I shared. She couldn't help it: she deeply loved people. I'm honored to have known her. Marian, you will be missed more than know...my Mama will show you the ropes up there. My deepest sorrow to all of the loved ones you leave behind, and especially to my lifetime friend, Celeste, whom I will call "sister" always. I pray that you keep memories of her close inside your heart, and know that the peace she has now is the greatest gift of all.
 
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Celeste Drake Posted at 10:49am

Christine, what a sweet tribute! I’m glad to have your love, friendship and support.
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Raquel Murillo and Will Ahrens

Posted at 06:48pm
We are thinking of you during this difficult time, with hearthfelt condolences.
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Tricia Robertson

Posted at 04:10pm
From the moment Mrs. Drake entered your life, she touched your heart, mind and soul in a profound way. Whether is was her quick smile, generous spirit and terrific sense of humor, it was easy to fall in love with her as mom, woman and person.

One of my favorite memories of Mrs. Drake was the time I brought my baby son, Niko, to the house to visit Celeste and her family. Celeste was hosting a small gathering of friends at her Casa Drake, and I wanted to bring my baby. Once I arrived, Mrs. Drake immediately made me feel welcomed, and of course, wanted to hold the baby. Niko was a bit of a fussy one, but he loved to be cuddled by Mrs. Drake. It truly was a wonderful time together.

Thank you Mrs. Drake for doing it right, and showing all of us how to persevere during troubled times.

Love you,
Tricia Mattingly (OConnor)
 
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Celeste Drake Posted at 04:45pm

Tricia, thank you so much for posting that. What a sweet memory. She had such a big heart and I’m so glad she touched yours. Thank you for being my friend. Much love.
 
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Celeste Drake Posted at 04:46pm

Tricia, thank you so much for posting that. What a sweet memory. She had such a big heart and I’m so glad she touched yours. Thank you for being my friend. Much love.
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