Jane W. Drake
Born in East Lansing 85 years ago, Jane Drake passed peacefully on Thursday, August 15, 2013, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. She was the daughter of Hugh Donald and Wynnie Hootman of Sunset Lane in East Lansing, a home and neighborhood that were ever dear to her. East Lansing and later nearby Okemos, remained her home for the rest of her life. A self-proclaimed "water baby", she loved spending summers at the Hootman cottage on Lake Michigan and later at the family cottage on Glen Lake that she created with her husband of 63 years, Robert.
Jane graduated from Michigan State University in 1950 with a B.A. in English and was a member of the Alpha Phi Sorority. In September of that same year, she married Bob and together they had three children, Tom, Leslie and John. She was a loving mother and nurturing presence to all of her children, believing first and foremost in the responsibilities of good parenting. Her ability to recognize the needs of others led her to devote many hours to community service, often in leadership roles. She volunteered her time at Sparrow Hospital, in head start programs, at the Thrift Shop, and in countless other ways. Later, she served as a docent at the Kresge Art Center and enjoyed participation in monthly book clubs. She felt lucky to be able to travel widely with her family and friends. She loved reading and gardening.
She was known to many for her graciousness and classic style, often hosting friends and family at home and at the summer cottage. She was always a beautiful woman who conducted herself with grace and poise. But for those who knew her best, what mattered most to her was a person's integrity and character.
Jane leaves behind her husband, her son Tom (Carolee), her daughter Leslie (David) Carleton, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Her beloved son, John, preceded her in death and we are happy knowing that she is now reunited with him.
A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, August 29, 11:00 a.m. at Peoples Church, 200 W. Grand River Ave, East Lansing with the Rev. Andrew Filkins officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jane's memory to Highfields, PO Box 98, Onondaga, MI 49264 or the charity of choice.
The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.greastlansing.com.