Bernice Rice Drake of Grand Junction died Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. She was 86.
A graveside memorial service was held April 9 at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Crawford.
Mrs. Drake was born Aug. 14, 1925, in Grand Junction, to Lewis and Effie (Nealy) Booth. She spent her childhood and attended school in Paonia.
She married Howard Rice on Aug. 14, 1942, in Delta. He died Oct. 13, 1988. She later married Dale Drake in May 1993 in Paonia. He preceded her in death.
Mrs. Drake lived in numerous places in Colorado before moving to Hotchkiss in 1985 where she lived until moving to Grand Junction in 2004.
She was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Grand Junction. She enjoyed needlework, prayer shawl ministries and making blankets for the Pregnancy Resource Center. She was a wonderful cook and was called "Cookie Grammy" by neighborhood children.
Mrs. Drake is survived by her son and his wife, Danny and Irene Rice of Grand Junction; a daughter, Carol Rice of Grand Junction; three sisters, Noma Vouga of Hotchkiss, Billie Oravez and her husband David of Boise, Idaho, and Jacque Kuta of Delta; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husbands; a son, Howard Rice; two grandsons, Anthony Rice and Keith Rice; a sister, Eleanor Tuttle; and a brother Hubert Booth.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, 3090 North 12th Street, Unit B, Grand Junction, CO 81506.
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Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory handled the arrangements.blog comments powered by Disqus