Gertrude <I>Mooney</I> Drew

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Gertrude Mooney Drew

  • Birth 25 Apr 1921 Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
  • Death 20 Feb 2015 Saint Simons Island, Glynn County, Georgia, USA
  • Burial Dublin, Laurens County, Georgia, USA
  • Plot Sec. 6, Lot 7, Grave 2
  • Memorial ID 79596257

Full name: Gertrude Ruth (Mooney) Drew.

Gertrude married Raiferd L. Drew on 07 Jul 1939 in Rock Springs Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, Fulton Co., GA. They had 2 daughters and 1 son.

OBITUARY - The Brunswick News, Brunswick, GA; 05 Mar 2015


Gertrude Ruth Mooney Drew, 93, of Jekyll Island, GA went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, 20 Feb 2015 after a one week stay at Magnolia Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Saint Simons Island.

Born in her paternal grandparents’ antebellum home in the West End neighborhood of Atlanta on 25 Apr 1921, Gertrude was educated in the Atlanta public schools and at Wesleyan College in Macon. She was predeceased by her parents Walter Sims Mooney and Lillie Gertrude Schenck Mooney|Alexander, her step-father John Arthur Alexander, all formerly of Atlanta, and her husband Raiferd Lewis Drew formerly of Dublin.

The petite brunette with a twinkle in her dark brown eyes was blessed with many talents. Singing was her forte — others included acting, writing, and drawing. In her early teens Gertrude was a regular radio-actress on WSB in Atlanta in two dramatic programs, “Symphony of Life” and “Southern Heroes”, both written by her aunt Edna L. Lee. A coloratura soprano, she was asked to be an understudy to Lily Pons at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, but while in college falling in love with Raiferd Drew from Dublin put an end to that career. Gertrude and Raiferd were passionate about each other until his death in 1993. She was a devoted wife and a wonderful mother; her babies heard the most gorgeous lullabies. None of her children were “latch-key kids”. They all had curfews and she always waited up for them when they were out on dates.

Gertrude was much prized by church choirs. During her early married years, she was the paid soloist at the First Presbyterian Church in Columbus and later she was a soloist for thirty-six years with the choir at Wynnton Methodist Church in Columbus. While a member there, she was twice President and three times Vice President of the Women’s Society of Christian Service, chaired church committees, and directed and performed in numerous variety shows. A few of the characters she portrayed were Martha Washington, Lydia the Tattooed Lady, and Miss Piggy.

In 1959, Gertrude and Raiferd designed and built a second home on Jekyll Island claiming the best views of the Jekyll River. When he retired in 1983 as CEO and President of Lummus Industries in Columbus, they moved permanently to Jekyll Island.

Gertrude could trace her European heritage back to 400 AD and while living in both Columbus and on Jekyll Island, she was active in the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution — DAR member since 1959. In Columbus, she was twice Regent of the Button Gwinnett Chapter, Registrar, and Recording Secretary. During the Bi-centennial, she presented her original program, “A Mini Musical of the Revolutionary Era” to numerous groups throughout the State of Georgia. After moving to Jekyll Island, she became active in the Brunswick Chapter as Regent, First Vice Regent, Recording Secretary, Chaplain, and chaired many committees. In 1976, she compiled and published a hardbound book, “Membership Roll and Register of Ancestors of the Georgia State Society, NSDAR”. Over the years, she also held many Offices in the Georgia State Society: Registrar, Organizing Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Historian, Chaplain, chaired many State committees, and was the Chairman of the 99th State Conference. In 1990, she compiled and printed a book for the use of Chaplains of the NSDAR titled, “Prayers”. At the National level she was Vice Chairman of the American Heritage Committee for 3 years.

After retiring to Jekyll Island, Gertrude and Raiferd became active members of the Jekyll Island United Methodist Church where they both served on various committees. Gertrude was President of the United Methodist Women, Chairman of the Staff-Parish Relations Committee, and served on the Finance Committee. She was a soloist in the choir and sang until age prevented her from attending services. She also enjoyed singing with the Jekyll Island Singers for many years. In 2001, Gertrude joined the Lanier of Glynn Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Gertrude is survived by two daughters & one son, one granddaughter and two grandsons, one adopted granddaughter, and one step-granddaughter. [The names of living survivors have been removed.]

Graveside services for Mrs. Drew were held Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 at 3:00 PM at Northview Cemetery in Dublin. Dr. Jack Key, a family friend, of The First United Methodist Church of Dublin officiated. Her son John R. Drew II gave the Eulogy and daughter Meredith Drew Trawick sang “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”. Chapman Funeral Chapel, Inc. of Brunswick was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial gifts may be given to Operation Blessing International (99% of donations go directly to their Projects),, P.O. Box 2636, Virginia Beach, VA 23450, (800) 730-2537 or Care Net Pregnancy Center of Coastal Georgia, 3548 Community Road, Brunswick, GA 31520, (912) 264-0231.

- Obituary written by Meredith Drew Trawick

~ Bio compiled by Meredith Drew Trawick, a daughter

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