9/8/1927 – 12/27/2013
Norma Jean Drake, age 86 of Grand Rapids, passed away on Friday, December 27, 2013. She was born September 8, 1927 the daughter of Claude & Minnie (Aungst) Williams.
On August 16, 1947, Norma was married to Carl O. Drake and he preceded her in death on January 20, 2007.
Norma has been a resident of Grand Rapids since 1962, formerly of Stanton. During WWII, she worked for the O.P.A. Norma also worked at the Abstract office for many years then retired from Westdale Realtors as a receptionist.
In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by both parents; one daughter, Cheryl Drake and three brothers, Melvin, Leo “Doc” & Glenn Williams.
She is survived by her daughter, Marsha Palazzolo; son Carl Drake both of Grand Rapids; one Granddaughter, Shannon Drake; one Great Grandson, Zane Drake; one sister, Velma “Sally” Ronk and one sister-in-law, Pauline Williams of Ionia.
Funeral services for Mrs. Drake will be held on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at the Simpson Family Funeral Home in Stanton, beginning at 12 noon, with Pastor Ken Harger officiating. Visitation with the family will be one hour prior to the funeral service. Final interment will be that the Forest Hill Cemetery in Stanton.
For those desiring to do so, the family has suggested that memorial considerations can be made to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.