D'Esopo Funeral Chapel

277 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT


Ruth "Ruthie" Holbrook Drake

November 4, 1927October 5, 2019

Ruth Louise Holbrook Drake, “Ruthie”, 91 of Wethersfield, died peacefully in the waking hours of Saturday October 5, 2019 surrounded by her beloved children. Ruth was the loving wife of the late Thomas Francis Drake. Born on November 4, 1927 as the daughter of Viola Wood Holbrook and Lowell Saville Holbrook, Ruth grew up in Braintree, MA with her three siblings, Marjorie, Olive and Gordon. She leaves her four children Robert T. and Christine Drake of Long Valley, NJ, David L. and Gerlyn Drake of Wethersfield, Jane L. and John Crowley of Newington, and James W. and Brenda Drake of Farmington. While Ruth remained close with her children she enjoyed seven grandchildren; Jennifer (Wes), Caitlin, Jaclyn (Pat), Thomas, Claire (Kit), Lauren and Maggie. She leaves many in-laws, nieces and nephews that shared in the Holbrook family Cape Cod Lake House in Wareham, MA. Ruth was a diligent student graduating as the valedictorian at Braintree High School and furthered her education with an Associate Degree from Green Mountain College, and a degree in Psychology from Boston University. While Ruth grew up in the Greater Boston area, she enjoyed living in Wethersfield for over 60 years, all the while maintaining her Boston heritage and Southie accent. Active in the Wethersfield United Methodist Church since moving to town, Ruth volunteered much of her time at the preschool. She and Tom were both supporters of the Wethersfield scouting programs. Ruth was an avid bridge player, bowler, tennis player, coupon deal shopper and UConn basketball fan-atic. The family will receive relatives and friends on Thursday, October 10th from 5–7 p.m. at the D'Esopo Funeral Chapel 277 Folly Brook Blvd, Wethersfield. Funeral and burial service will be held at Blue Hills Cemetery, Braintree at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Ruth's name to the Wethersfield United Methodist Church, 150 Prospect St, Wethersfield, CT 06109. For online expressions of sympathy to the family, please visit www.desopofuneralchapel.com.


  • Calling Hours Thursday, October 10, 2019


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Geoff Oblak

October 10, 2019

Drake Family,

Echoing my parents, our condolences on your mother's passing.

My brothers, Steve, Tom and I have very fond memories growing up with your family as next door neighbors on Farms Village. Your mother and father always took an interest in our activities and seemed to enjoy (or at least patiently tolerate) our occasional shenanigans.

We really miss not seeing your mother and father on our trips home. Wishing you all the best at this difficult time.

Geoff Oblak

Carol Herron

October 10, 2019

Ruth was a delightful lady who I have known since David was is sixth grade. She was active in both the town and the church. She will be missed by all.

John & Darlene Oblak

October 9, 2019

Dear Bob, David, Jane, Jimmy and families,

Our deepest sympathies for the passing of your Mom.

We have lost a friend and the best neighbor one could hope for. Your Mom and Dad welcomed us immediately when we arrived as next door neighbors years ago. Help, and equipment, was volunteered whenever a task required assistance. It was a family trait. David and Jimmy continued to lend a hand over the years. Jane babysat our three boys when they were young.

An era has ended for us, and we are so sad to see it go. We have fond memories of your Mom. You have so many more. May they provide comfort in the days ahead.

Warmest personal regards,

John & Darlene

Donna Hemmann

October 9, 2019

David and family- so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom--- always a difficult thing. Thoughts and prayers are with you.