Frances Drake

frances drake
Frances was born in Kerman, CA. To August and Mary Russell. The family moved to Newport, Rhode Island in 1932 and returned to Madera CA in 1939. Frances graduated from Madera High School in 1944. During her senior year she worked at the show lane next to the theater where she met her one and only love William (Bill) Drake. They were married on Oct. 8, 1944. Together they raised 5 children. Frances loved to travel, go fishing, sewing making cakes of which many family and friends had her beautiful cakes at their weddings. She loved her vegetable garden and all of her flowers which she often started new plants for whoever wanted them. Together Frances and Bill took several RV trips with the children and grandchildren. They traveled to all 48 of the continental Unites States and Alaska at least once. Frances was a wife, mother and homemaker for her entire life. She was considered a second mother to many of the neighborhood children. She belonged to several Portuguese organizations; she was the State Supreme President of the former SES in 1992, and served as secretary -treasurer for the local council for 30 years. Frances is survived by her Daughters Barbara Boudreau (Rick), Linda Schlag (Alton), Fran Carvalho (Jim). Son David Drake (Jeanette) 21 grand grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild in CA, WI, AR, AZ, NV. and her sister Martha Morgan. Frances is preceded in death by both of her parents, her husband Bill, son William L Drake, grandson Kenneth Drake, grand Daughter Tisha Rogers, her 15 siblings and many other, nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Monday April 1st 4-7 pm at Berge Pappas Smith Chapel of the Angels Fremont Blvd. Funeral Mass will be Tuesday April 2nd 11:30 am at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Blacow Rd Fremont. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in Frances’s name to any of the following: PFSA Scholarship Foundation (San Leandro) American Lung Association or a Charity of your choice.

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  1. Our sincerest sympathy to a wonderful family who lost a wonderful mother. Up until a few years ago, we always received a beautiful Christmas card from your mother. Our thoughts are with you.
    Daryl and Darlene Evangelho

  2. It makes me and Cori smile to remember Frances and the 2 of us posing by the beautiful cake that was her wedding gift to us. I have many fond memories of Frances, she was good and generous, a powerhouse of domestic skills, and she made the best biscuits on the planet. We are sorry for your loss.
    Rick and Corinne Evangelho

  3. To the Drake Family — my condolences to all of you on the loss of Frances. She was an amazing woman whose strength and love knew no bounds. She loved her family above all else but always had room for her “extended” family which luckily included me and my family. I’ll always cherish the special moments we shared each year while making the SES Christmas dinners and making “fried bananas” at Dillon Beach. My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you celebrate her life and mourn her passing.

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