Obituary of Betty Irene Drake 80 Year Resident of Manhattan Beach On February 18, Betty Irene Drake, Wife of Wilmer L. Drake, passed away at a local hospital. Born at La Crosse, Kansas on February 19, 1919 to Raymond L. and Ida B. (Solomon) Reser. In 1922 her family moved to California and settled in Manhattan Beach. After graduating from school she was employed as a commercial artist specializing in fashion illustration. On April 12, 1943 she was united in marriage to Manhattan Beach native, Wilmer Drake at Walla Walla, Washington. She was descended from colonial, revolutionary, and pioneer stock; the founding families of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New York. One of her ancestors, Annie Bradstreet became, in the 1600’s, America’s first female author. In addition, she was descended from three colonial governors including Dr. Jean de la Montayne, founder of Albany, New York. Mrs. Drake had nine ancestors who fought in the American Revolution, the most notable being Capt. Johannes Van Etten, who in addition to commanding Ft. Hynshaw, was a close friend and confidant of Benjamin Franklin. After the revolution her ancestors were on the vanguard of the westward movement. They were in Ohio by 1816, in Illinois by 1833, and in Kansas by 1865; finally moving to California in 1922. Mrs. Drake is survived by her husband Wilmer, of Manhattan Beach; three sons, Hon. Raymond of Colorado, Larry of Torrance, Don of Arizona; a daughter, Diane of Manhattan Beach; four grandchildren; and several cousins. She was a lifelong artist and a master duplicate bridge player. She also had a strong passion for Yoga and enjoyed teaching this art to others. Services will be held on Tuesday, February 22, 2005 at 11:00 AM at WHITE AND DAY MORTUARY, 3215 Sepulveda Blvd. Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. Interment will follow at Inglewood Park Cemetery.

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  1. Wilmer, Having shared your experience fairly recently I can better understand how you feel. Love over many years isn\’t destroyed by death. You will continue to have the memory forever. Stay well. Bill Switzer

  2. To the Family of Betty I. Drake, My family and I are very sorry to hear about the loss of your loved one. Although you don’t know us personally, we certainly understand that the loss of a loved one can take its toll on your mental, physical, emotional, and most importantly, your spiritual health. The words of comfort found in the Bible can help us to cope with the loss of a dear one. There is one scripture that stands to give us hope. In the Bible book of John, chapter 5 and verse 28, Jesus said, ‘Do not marvel at this because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear my voice and come out.’ This hope has allowed millions of families, including my own, to cope with the feelings of sadness and even guilt that one may struggle with after losing a loved one in death. Please feel free to email me if you’d like to receive comforting Bible based literature. Sincerely, Autumn Prince

  3. Mr. and Mrs. Drake are extemely well liked and respected in the community. While entertaining the Cub Scouts one year at the Historial Society, Mr. Drake showed compassion to my son who became ill. So while being a mentor, he was also a great example of what a man should be. The same can be said of Mr. Drake with regards to the kind of husband he was. The illness Mrs. Drake had can be extremely difficult for the family members to deal with, but Mr. Drake faithfully would visit his wife and always had a smile on his face when speaking of her. I send all of the family my condolences and pray that you will all find your way in dealing with your loss.

  4. Wilmer and family- Hold on to all those wonderful memories together. They will in times of sorrow help you through your grieving. Betty is finally at peace. God Bless.

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