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DRAKE, Marilyn Gertrude



December 24, 1941 - January 25, 2023

Peacefully, with family holding her hand and heart, Marilyn Gertrude Drake (nee Fisher) left this life to reunite with her father Richard Elmer Fisher, mother Gertrude Edith Fisher nee Heddle and sister Shirley Anne Fisher.  Beloved wife of 58 years to Gary Drake.  Loving mother of Cary (Laura), and Kyle (Christine) and beyond proudest Mama of Garrett.  Her sister Shirl was her constant companion and leaves behind her children whom she cared for deeply; Michael Barker (Kim), Kimberly Coburn (Larry) and the late Richard (Ricky Barker).  Dearest great aunt to River Ivory Barker.  Also, loving aunt to Dave Drake (Antonia), Leslie Drake and the late Tim Drake.  Special friend to Joyce and Sheila.

Marilyn was born in Hamilton, Ontario and created many friends in Sault Ste Marie, North Delta, Burlington and Brantford.  Hamilton was her hometown at heart.  Her father was a long-time barber on Tisdale St.  Marilyn went to Central High School in Hamilton and is survived by her oldest friends she met there.  Marilyn worked at Stelco lab where she met the love of her life, Gary, and created an incredible journey.  She also remained friends with the “Stelco Girls” for decades.  Marilyn was a perpetual volunteer for many hospitals and organizations but was most proud of WAVES, an honour she shared with her mother and sister.  Marilyn spent many years vacationing in Alabama with Gary.  She loved to bake, hosting parties, family reunions, a wide variety of music and caring for others.  She had an illuminating smile and always put her “3 guys” first.  For many years, mama took Garrett on many outings and adventures.  She was tender, loving and taught us the importance of empathy.  Marilyn suffered with dementia in her final years, but always projected a kind manner.  Much love, thanks and respect to all the staff at Garden City Manor for their incredible care.

As per the family’s wishes, cremation has taken place.  A celebration of her life will take place, later in the spring.  If so desired, donations in Marilyn’s name to the Alzheimer Society Niagara would be appreciated.

Arrangements entrusted to Considerate Cremation & Burial Services, 26 Nihan Drive, St. Catharines (between Lake Street & Scott Street), 289-362-1144.  Online condolences may be made at