Dorothy E. Drake

Dorothy E. Drake

Dorothy passed away Monday, February 29, 2016 at Alamo Nursing Home.

She was born July 10, 1947 in Martin, MI the daughter of Ernest and Leva (Camfield) Drake. Dorothy was a 1965 Otsego High School graduate and lifelong resident of the area. She had worked at the drive-in restaurant in Allegan, was manager at Fanny Farmer Candies in Kalamazoo, had owned and operated a small dairy farm for several years and had also worked at K-Mart and Wal-Mart in Otsego. Dorothy enjoyed drawing and sewing, and loved all animals especially dogs and horses.

Surviving are her sisters, Beverly Ransler of Gobles, Marilyn (John) Hiscock and Martha (Harold) Lindsey both of Otsego along with several nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Friends may visit with Dorothy’s family from 2-4PM and 6-8PM on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, March 4, 2016 with Pastor Greg Carlson officiating.

Burial will follow at Earl Cemetery in Gobles.

Contributions in memory of Dorothy may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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  1. Sue Lindsey says:

    Harold, Martha and Family, Bev and family, and Marilyn and family – — So sorry to hear of your loss. Always remember to treasure the good memories. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you go through this difficult time.

  2. Bob & Joyce Bloom says:

    Marilyn & John & Family…Please accept our deepest sympathy for the loss of your sister.

  3. Kevin and Jeanne Lewis says:

    Marilyn and John, so sorry to hear! You’re in our thoughts and prayers!

  4. Nyla Merrill says:

    My deepest sympathy to the whole family. I have so many wonderful memories growing up with Bev, Dorothy, Marilyn and Marti. No one worked harder or loved that farm more than Dorothy. Right now she’s in heaven, probably helping her grandpa feed a bunch of beagles! Love to you all.

  5. Mrs. Williams says:

    I am sorry for your families loss of Ms. Dorothy E. Drake. Please be comforted in knowing that Jehovah God cares for you and will comfort you in your time of grief. (1 Pet. 5:7) The Bible can be read or listened to online at for more encouragement during this difficult time.

  6. Don & Sherry (Meacham) Hurlbut says:

    So sorry to learn of Dorothy’s passing. We both graduated with her and I remember her smile and chatting with her in the classes we shared together. I knew she was dealing with health issues and, as difficult as it is for those left behind, I’d like to think that she is no longer suffering and is at peace. May your memories help you through this difficult time. Rest in peace, Dorothy! You will be missed!

  7. Sharon (Pratt) Ritchie says:

    I am sorry for the loss that your family is experiencing. May you experience God’s strength and peace as your fill your hearts with pleasant memories and remember the impact she had on your life. I graduated with her, too. This is, once again, a reminder of the precious gift of time that God gives each of us, and the blessing to have friends and family who touch our lives with kindness and love.

  8. Lonnie Hampton says:

    Very Sorry to hear about Dorothy. She was such a sweet gal. She will be deeply missed. I regret to say I can’t make it to visitation or funeral as I am out of the state . My thoughts will be with you all as you go through this difficult time. May God comfort you!
    Lonnie Hampton

  9. Lorna Sisson says:

    Our hearts are saddened in your loss. Dorothy was such a kind, quiet and caring person. She always had that beautiful smile. May your memories give you peace at this difficult time.

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