Interment at: Riverside Cemetery
Obituary of Vivienne E. Drake
Vivienne E. Drake, 77, died at 8:20 p.m. Wednesday inLutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
She was born and raised in Gas City, the daughter of Henry and Mary (Starkus) Wages. They preceded her in death. She had lived in her Marion home for more than 50 years.
Vivienne married Henry "Buggs" Drake Jr. on Oct. 18, 1945. He preceded her in death Jan. 21, 1993.
Vivienne graduated from Gas City High School, received her bachelor's degree from Indiana Wesleyan University and her master's degree in education from Ball State University.
In 1966, she became the first female to be sworn in by the Marion Police Department, where she worked with children. Drake and Dr. Wojack began the first Grant County special education school for the mentally handicapped. Because she was blessed with Michael, she was an advocate of the physically and mentally handicapped.
Vivienne was a teacher at St. Paul Catholic School for more than 20 years, and her students will recall her as the "Gettysburg Address Queen."
After her retirement from St. Paul, Vivienne felt called to devote her later years to St. Martin De Porres. Through her efforts, St. Martin expanded its food pantry and was dedicated in honor of Henry and Vivienne Drake in recognition of their efforts on behalf of the less fortunate.
When her beloved St. Martin was lost in the original St. Paul church fire, Vivienne solicited government and private money to rebuild the Thrift Shop, Food Pantry and Kay's Kitchen (in honor of her deceased sister Kay).
In recognition of her dedication to community service she received the Four Way Award, presented by the Marion Rotary Club; the Athena Award, presented to an outstanding female by the Marion Chamber of Commerce, for her important contributions to St. Martin De Porres; and she was recognized at St. Paul Catholic Church's Evening of Jewels for her community dedication and work.
Vivienne's greatest recognition was the Sagamore of the Wabash Award presented by Gov. Frank O'Bannion.
She was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, St. Paul Rosary Society, Sister's of St. Joseph, Tipton, and Alumni Associations of Indiana Wesleyan University and Ball State University. She also was an ordained minister of the church.
To those who loved her, she was a spiritual angel and an incredible person, and to quote her great-niece, "She was simply the best."
Survivors include son, Michael Drake, at home; daughter, Susan Ann Grubb (companion Mark Ashmore), Gas City; sisters, Betty (Edgar) Poe, Upland, and Bette (Larry) Scheerer, Marion; grandchildren, Becky Grubb (fiance Brad Dailey), Bill (Angie) Grubb, Jake, Mary Margaret (Travis) Miller, and Elizabeth; great-grandchildren, Adam Whelchel, Jonathan Whelchel, Ryan Whelchel, Andrew Grubb, Alex Grubb, Nick Grubb, Katie Grubb, Dakota Watson, Sierra Kay Watson and Dylan Watson; special friends, John, Marilyn and Rob Whelchel, Kenny and Zola Watson and many other friends; nieces, Peggy Trueman, Pam (Bruce) Freeburn, Patty Dennis, Heather Starkus, Mary Kay Starkus and Ashley Watson; nephews, Robert (Suzy) Dennis and Joe (Leigh) Watson; and other extended family members.
She also was preceded in death by siblings, Robert Wages and Kay Watson; and a nephew, Richard Starkus.
Services are at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Paul Catholic Church, 1009 W. Kem Road, with the Rev. Richard Weisenberger officiating. Burial is in Riverside Cemetery, Gas City.
Visitation is from 2 to 8 p.m. today in Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service, Storey Chapel, 400 E. Main St., Gas City, with a vigil at 7:30 p.m.
Memorials may be made to St. Martins DePorres Center, 901 S. Branson St., Marion, Ind. 46953; or Riley Hospital for Children, 50 S. Meridian St., Suite 500, Indianapolis, Ind. 46209-6378.
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