OBITUARY

Jane W. Drake

June 26, 1928August 15, 2013

Jane W. Drake Okemos, Michigan

Born in East Lansing 85 years ago, Jane Drake passed peacefully on Thursday, August 15, 2013, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. She was the daughter of Hugh Donald and Wynnie Hootman of Sunset Lane in East Lansing, a home and neighborhood that were ever dear to her. East Lansing and later nearby Okemos, remained her home for the rest of her life. A self-proclaimed “water baby”, she loved spending summers at the Hootman cottage on Lake Michigan and later at the family cottage on Glen Lake that she created with her husband of 63 years, Robert.

Jane graduated from Michigan State University in 1950 with a B.A. in English and was a member of the Alpha Phi Sorority. In September of that same year, she married Bob and together they had three children, Tom, Leslie and John. She was a loving mother and nurturing presence to all of her children, believing first and foremost in the responsibilities of good parenting. Her ability to recognize the needs of others led her to devote many hours to community service, often in leadership roles. She volunteered her time at Sparrow Hospital, in head start programs, at the Thrift Shop, and in countless other ways. Later, she served as a docent at the Kresge Art Center and enjoyed participation in monthly book clubs. She felt lucky to be able to travel widely with her family and friends. She loved reading and gardening.

She was known to many for her graciousness and classic style, often hosting friends and family at home and at the summer cottage. She was always a beautiful woman who conducted herself with grace and poise. But for those who knew her best, what mattered most to her was a person’s integrity and character.

Jane leaves behind her husband, her son Tom (Carolee), her daughter Leslie (David) Carleton, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Her beloved son, John, preceded her in death and we are happy knowing that she is now reunited with him.

A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, August 29, 11:00 a.m. at Peoples Church, 200 W. Grand River Ave, East Lansing with the Rev. Andrew Filkins officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jane’s memory to Highfields, PO Box 98, Onondaga, MI 49264 or the charity of choice.

The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.greastlansing.com.

Services

  • Memorial Service Thursday, August 29, 2013
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Christin Cobb

August 30, 2013

Dear Bob and families: I am so thinking of you all, with much love, hugs, and memories from Texas! I have always loved how special you and Jane made me feel in your family. I truly am touched by all of the experiences I have shared with Jane and yourself. Great memories are close to my heart! Love you, and am so glad to have shared, and still will in the future of your presence. Thinking of the whole family !
Love and Peace
Christin Cobb

PATTY JARRED WILLIAMS

August 28, 2013

DEAR BOB, I WAS SO SAD TO HEAR FROM HELEN & HONEY THAT JANE HAD LEFT US. I HAVE ALWAYS KNOWN SHE WAS A VERY SPECIAL GIRL (LADY) AS WE GREW UP TOGETHER ALL THOSE YEARS AGO! YOU WERE SO LUCKY TO HAVE EACH OTHER . YOU, JANE, AND YOUR WHOLE FAMILY ARE IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. PATTY JARRED WILLIAMS LAKELAND, FLORIDA

Sarah Drake

August 28, 2013

Dear Uncle Bob and Cousins: Arnie and I send our most heartfelt sympathy to you over the loss of Aunt Jane. She was a most gracious and lovely lady who brought much love and warmth into our lives and to many happy Drake family gatherings over the years. She will be sorely missed but we are grateful for the times we shared and will hold onto rich memories of the time we had with her.
We cannot be in East Laning tomorrow but please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Love, Sarah & Arnie

August 28, 2013

Judge Drake, please know that you are in our prayers

Charles & Karen Corley

Jo Collins

August 27, 2013

Bob and family, I grew up on Sunset Lane with Jane We shared times at Central Grade School, high school, college and every summer at our ELHS summer reunion. Jane wrote me a note the end of July telling me about her illness. She was a special friend and I will miss her. My thoughts are with you all.
Jo Marston Collins, Williamsburg, MI

Nancy Hollenbeck

August 26, 2013

Dear Uncle Bob and family, Know that during this difficult time, your family and friends are there for you. If they are too far away, they are thinking of you. A lifetime full of wonderful memories will always be with you and each day will get better. Love Nancy, George and Dana Hollenbeck

Jim and Kim Hogan Family

August 25, 2013

Judge Drake, Tom and Carolee and Family, and the Carleton Family,
Please know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Mrs.Drake was a grand Lady, and will be missed.
We have enjoyed many great memories with your family at the cottage. The family photo albums were always on the coffee table, and speak volumes about your great family

August 25, 2013

Dear Bob & Family: Helen and I are up north, at our Cotage, near Ludington, and have some long-standing commitments here that prevent our being in Lansing Thursday. However, they certainly do not prevent our expressing to you all our deepest sympathies over the loss of your lovely, dear and loving wife (and mother), of lo these 63 years. You were both such such loving, caring, kind, and compassionate friends. I always remember deeply, Bob, just how thoughtful and helpful you were to me as a young lawyer, just getting started in Lansing. And, Jane always reflected to us that same kind of warm, genuine, gracious friendship and concern for others, that made her special in our eyes. So, we too, will sense her loss, in our lives. But, as Christians we know that we will see her again, and that is a great sustaining hope at this time of sadness and earthly farewell. We pray that this hope -- assurance, really -- will sustain all of you, and give you strength , and a sense of peace and contentment, even amidst the emotional buffetings of this stormy time in your life. We pray for the Lord's richest blessing on you, and your family, now, and in the days ahead. With love, and grateful hearts for the presence of both of you, in our lives, Helen & Cash Street.

John & Vicki Boyd

August 25, 2013

Judge Drake: Vicki & I are saddened by your loss. Jane was a great lady, & she will be missed. You & your family are in our prayers.

August 25, 2013

I will miss her, and exchanging birthday cards on the 26th of June, which date we shared with Grandpa Drake. Nephew Bob