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Arlene Drake, 76, of Sullivan, passed away on Feb. 13, 2018, at Terre Haute Regional Hospital, with her loving family by her side. She was born in Vigo County, on Jan. 26, 1942, to Willard Shew and Anna Muriel (Mullens) Shew.
Arlene was a 1959 graduate of North Central High School; had become the office manager and receptionist for Dr. James Reynolds and had various jobs in her life such as Farmersburg switchboard operator, a substitute teacher for the Southwest Sullivan School Corporation and North East Sullivan School Corporation, and most recently at Holmes Memorial Chapel, where she could warm your heart with a kind smile and a hug. Arlene was a member of the Sullivan First Christian Church, Missionary group 1, the Silver Dollar Spinners Square Dancing and past matron of the Farmersburg Eastern Star. She enjoyed sewing, basketball, her grandchildren and eating out.
Preceding her in death are her parents; and a grandson, Casey Drake.
Surviving members of her family include her husband of 58 years, Deb Drake, whom she married Feb. 28, 1960; son, Mike (Beth) Drake of Sullivan; daughter, Angie Jones and her companion Greg Biggs of Sullivan; brothers, Don (Vickie) Shew of Galax, N.C., Kenny (Beverly) Shew of Davison, N.C., and Dale (Sue) Shew of Graysville; sister, Loretta (Marshall) McElmurry of Marion, Ill.; grandchildren, Cody Drake, Mikayla Drake, Conor Jones, Caelan Jones, Kyleigh Jones, Ashlee Brackett and Alison Lane; eight great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Services for Arlene will be Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. David Cox officiating. Visitation will be Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, from 4 until 8 p.m., both will be at Sullivan First Christian Church, 105 N. Broad St., Sullivan. Burial will be at Center Ridge Cemetery. The Family suggest that if friends so desire, memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church, envelopes will be available at the church. Holmes Memorial Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements.
Published on February 14, 2018
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