Judith ‘Judy’ Marie Drake, 80, retired NHRMC registered nurse

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Judith “Judy” Marie Drake, of Burgaw, died peacefully Thursday, April 9, 2015, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice. She was 80.

She was born Oct. 3, 1934, in Union County, the daughter of the late Edison and Nellie Sue Collins.

Judy is survived by her husband of 32 years, James “Jim” Franklin Drake; children, Connie Dorff, Brenda Hankins, Sandra Snow (spouse, David), Robert Hutchens Jr. (spouse, Debbie) and Patty Reeves; stepsons, Greg Drake (spouse, Terry) and Michael Larocca (Jan); 15 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; brother, Bill Collins (spouse, Judy); sister, Patricia Scholtz; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.

She was a graduate of Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Charlotte and was a registered nurse having worked at Babies Hospital (now closed) and retired from New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Judy along with her husband, Jim, developed Mallard Roost, a housing development near Burgaw where they lived happily for many years.

Judy loved her family and was a wonderful homemaker, filling her home with kindness and sunshine. She loved all of God’s nature and creations as she enjoyed deer hunting with Jim, beautiful flowers and hummingbirds. Judy will be remembered for her quiet faith, gentle laughter, caring manner and sweet spirit.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, 2015, at Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home, Burgaw Chapel. Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 12, 2015, at the funeral home. Casual dress will be appreciated. Burial will follow at Riverview Memorial Park.

Casket bearers will be grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Flowers are welcome or if one chooses, a memorial gift may be given to a charity of choice in honor and memory of Judy.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home.

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