Joan's Story

Winslow - Joan B. Drake, 78, of Winslow, Maine, went to be with the Lord on Friday, August 12, 2016, with her family by her side at Maine General Hospital in Augusta. Joan was born on February 16, 1938, in Thompsonville, Connecticut, the daughter of Thomas G. and Victoria E. (Skowrensky) Bodley.
She graduated from the American International College with a Bachelor of Art and was a church pianist and organist in Enfield, CT, where she met and married Raymond H. Drake, her loving husband with whom she shared 56 wonderful years of marriage. After living in Enfield, CT, for 5 years they moved to Winslow, ME. While raising a family with her husband and 3 children, Joan also pursued teaching 1st. grade students, and then took on the role of music and piano teacher for many years, as well as manager for their home business, Drake's Sewing Machines. She enjoyed her family, and loved gatherings with all her family and friends, reading, music, piano and organ playing, teaching music, and relaxing at their camp in Solon, ME.
Joan is survived by her husband, Raymond Drake; daughter, Linda Campbell; son, Timothy Drake; daughter, Amy Winn; 9 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; and numerous in-laws and relatives. She was predeceased by her parents; and her sister, Thomasine B. Connelly.
A memorial service will be held at Kennebec Valley Baptist Church, 91 Marston Rd., Oakland, ME, on August 27, 2016, at 2 p.m. followed by a fellowship dinner. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the K.V.B.C. music program, in care of Kennebec Valley Baptist Church.
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