Barbara Lee Drake, 93 of Atlantic, Iowa, passed away December 10, 2021, at the Heritage House in Atlantic, Iowa.
She was born April 17, 1928, in Atlantic, Iowa the daughter of Rollie and Anna (Michaelson)Hoffman. Barbara lived in Atlantic her entire life attending Atlantic High School there and graduating with the class of 1947. On June 18, 1950, she was united in marriage to Claude O. Drake in Atlantic. In March of 1952, Claude joined the U.S. Navy and Claude and Barb lived in Hawaii for a while before he was sent to Korea. Barbara returned to Atlantic the summer of 1953 and Claude joined her in November of 1953. Barbara was a life-long member of the First United Presbyterian Church. She was also a member of the Elks Lodge and a Doe in Atlantic.
Barbara was employed for many years at the Atlantic School lunchroom where she helped prep the food line and also punched the lunch tickets as the students came through. She enjoyed being able to work and have a little spending money of her own and yet be home when her daughters came home from school. She was an assistant Brownie and Girl Scout leader also and enjoyed that very much. Barbara loved her neighborhood friends and all the picnics when they got together and shared food and laughter. Her greatest love was that of her daughters, son-in-law, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, her sisters, and her “best friend” Verlee.
She was preceded in death by her husband Claude O Drake, her son Terry, her parents Rollie and Anna Hoffman; her sisters Pat Loewenstein and Colleen Rhodes, brother in law Robert Rhodes, and nephew Rodney Rhodes.
Barbara is survived by her daughters Claudia (Kent) Stogsdill, and Candice (Matt) Morey; her grandchildren Jennifer Johnston, Michael Robinson, Kelsey (Jeffrey) Tarpinian, and Taylor
(Kelsey) Dunn; great-grandchildren Miles and Nate Johnston, Emmitt and Addie Robinson, and Hallie, Jackson and Samuel Tarpinian, and other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, May 21, 2022, at the First United Presbyterian Church in Atlantic, IA. A luncheon will be held following the memorial service in the church fellowship hall. Burial will be held at the Atlantic Cemetery.
Memorials may directed to the Alzheimers Association in Barb Drake's memory at https://www.alz.org/?form=alz_donate
The staff at Schmidt Family Funeral Home in Atlantic is handling the arrangements for the Drake Family.