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Mildred "Mickey" Drake

May 15, 1935 ~ December 25, 2020 (age 85)


In accordance with CDC guidelines, masks and social distancing are required at the services.

The services on Saturday will be Livestreamed on our website at 2:00 p.m.

The link to watch the Livestream is below the service information,

Mildred Louise Drake was born to Earl & Opal Reynolds on May 15, 1935 in Mount Ayr, IA.  To all of her family & friends she was known & loved as Mickey.  She grew up on the family farm with her siblings, Junior Reynolds, Olive Davis, Marvin (Mack) Reynolds, Lila Overholtzer, Lou Church, & Betty Davenport.  She attended country school & then graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1953.

On November 14, 1953, she was joined in marriage to Paul W. Drake.  She took a job in town at the grocery store.  Mickey then joined Paul in Alaska while Paul served in the U.S. Army & then came home to reside on the Drake family century farm near Mount Ayr, IA.  To this union, three children were born: Debbie, Deanna, & Deric.  She was baptized on May 12, 1957 at the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr, IA.  Mickey did in-home day care & raised her children.  She later achieved her CDA in early childhood development.  She taught Headstart for many years & then worked at the group home.  Mickey finished out her career with an in-home day care caring for her many grandchildren & great grandchildren.

Mickey loved children.  She always had activities planned & created for them to do.  Her grandchildren & great grandchildren were the light of her life.  Mickey loved her family & supported her kids, grandkids, & great grandkids sporting events, programs, & concerts.  Mickey liked to garden & always had a huge garden & strawberry patch in which she did a lot of canning, freezing vegetables, & making jelly. Mickey made great rolls.  This was a family favorite.  Proven in fact by her 3 great grandsons that hid the rolls so they could take them home.  Mickey read her Bible daily & wrote many poems, one of which is on the back of her memorial folder today.  Her many writings were a great treasure to her children when discovered.

Mickey was always smiling & had that sparkle in her eyes of a woman with great love for all.  In later years after Paul’s death, she moved to town & enjoyed exploring many activities with her sisters & friends.  Monday night dancing was one of her favorite things. She enjoyed watching & spoke about the entertainment & camaraderie of the event.

Mickey passed away on December 25, 2020.  She joined the Angels in Heaven on the birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior.  She was preceded in death by her husband Paul Drake April 29, 2017; her parents, Earl & Opal Reynolds; parents-in-law, Warren & Mary Drake; brothers Junior Reynolds & Mack Reynolds; sisters Lila Overholtzer & Olive Davis; brothers-in-law Alan Richards, Paul Davis, Jim Overholtzer, Cecil Davenport, Linden Drake, Lyle Drake, Merle Drake & Herb Johnston; sisters-in-law Fern Reynolds, Norma Jean, Thelma Drake, & Donella Drake.

Surviving are her children Debbie (Gaylen) Swanson of Coin, IA, Deanna (Jerold) Adams of Kellerton, IA, Deric (Misty) Drake of Mount Ayr, IA; grandchildren Clint (Jordan) Pirtle of Omaha, Corey Pirtle of Clarinda, Lindsey Pirtle (Stacey) of Clarinda, Tosha Brooks (Dan) of Indianola, Brandi Johnson of Grand River, Mitchell Adams (Jamee) of Kellerton, Jodi (Brett) England of Mount Ayr, Dillon (Bailey) Drake of Diagonal, Tasha Drake (Brandon) of Mount Ayr, Maddilyn (Jake) Bennett of Bondurant & Bailea (Blake) Butler of Diagonal; twenty- five great grandchildren & three great-great grandchildren; sisters Lou (Steve) Church, Mesa, AZ & Betty Davenport of Mount Ayr; sister-in-law Mildred Johnston of Urbandale, IA; and a host of nieces, nephews, & many friends.

A memorial fund has been established in her name to be decided .

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Funeral Service


Open Visitation Without Family Present
January 1, 2021

12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Armstrong Funeral Home
205 West Monroe St
Mount Ayr, IA 50854

Funeral Service
January 2, 2021

2:00 PM
First Christian Church
201 West Monroe St
Mount Ayr, IA 50854

January 2, 2021

Rose Hill Cemetery
Hwy 2
Mount Ayr, IA 50854

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