|Birth: ||Mar. 9, 1920|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Mar. 1, 2009|
New York, USA
COOPERSTOWN _ Mrs. Bertha M. Drake, a lifelong area resident who resided for many years on the Lake Road at the Hickory Grove Farm, died the first Sunday in Lent, March 1, 2009, at Otsego Manor. She was 88.
A daughter of Marcus and Lovinnia (Teeter) Laymon, Bertha was born at home in Pierstown on March 9, 1920.
Raised and educated in Pierstown, Bertha later attended and graduated from the Springfield School. After her father's death in December 1931, Bertha _ along with her mother _ moved into the home of her sister, Laura, and her husband, Clifford S. Drake, at the 240-acre Hickory Grove Farm that Laura and Clifford purchased in 1932.
For many years, Bertha was self-employed, cleaning camps around Otsego Lake.
Throughout her life, she was extremely active in and devoted to the Grange, and was a longtime member of Pierstown Grange No. 793, Patrons of Husbandry, the Otsego County Pomona Grange, as well as the New York State and National Granges.
Following the death of her sister, Laura, in 1976, Bertha and Clifford were married April 30, 1978, in a ceremony in front of the fireplace at "the white frame house overlooking Otsego Lake" at Hickory Grove Farm, where she continued to reside until moving to Otsego Manor in 2005.
Bertha is survived by her stepson, Donald A. Drake, and his wife, Susan, of Cherry Valley, and their three sons, John H. Drake and his wife, Lisa, and their sons, Jason and Adam, of Latham; Thomas E. Drake and his wife, Laurie, and their daughter, Emma, of Schenectady; and Michael A. Drake and his wife, Elizabeth, and their son, Miles, of Ann Arbor, Mich. She is also survived by the daughters of her predeceased stepson, David C. Drake: Beth Drake of New York state, Melissa Goodman and her husband, Gordon, and their two sons, Matthew and Christopher, of Illinois, and Amy Drake of Florida.
Bertha was predeceased by her husband of 19 years, Clifford S. Drake, who died Dec. 3, 1997; one stepson, David C. Drake, who died Sept. 11, 1993, his daughter, Deborah Drake, who died in 1994, and David's wife, Joyce M. Drake, who died Dec. 17, 1999; one brother, William J. Laymon, who died Sept. 15, 1971; three sisters, Mildred Laymon (who died as a young child), Gertrude Steimer, and Laura Laymon Drake, who died April 4, 1976.
A funeral service will be offered at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown, with the Rev. Joseph Bokel, chaplain for Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, officiating.
The service of committal and burial will be held later this spring in the Springfield Cemetery.
With respect for Bertha's wishes, there will be no calling hours.
As an alternative to flowers, expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial gifts may be made to Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820, or The Activities Fund at Otsego Manor, 128 Phoenix Mills Cross Road, Cooperstown, NY 13326.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.
Marcus Laymon (1872 - 1931)
Lovinnia Teeter Laymon (1880 - 1957)
Clifford Drake (1908 - 1997)
Earl Laymon (1903 - 1953)*
William J Laymon (1915 - 1971)*
Bertha M Laymon Drake (1920 - 2009)
New York, USA
Plot: Sect. K
Created by: wienerin
Record added: Dec 02, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 101591603