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Lou Anne Drake

May 11, 2019

 Lou Anne DrakeLou Anne Drake, 62, of Clayton passed away Saturday morning, May 11, 2019, at Hospice of Jefferson County, Watertown.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton on Tuesday, May 14, from 4 - 7 PM. A prayer service will be at the funeral home on Wednesday, May 15, at 10:15 AM followed by the funeral mass celebrated at St. Mary's Church at 11 AM with Rev. Arthur J. LaBaff, pastor, presiding. Burial will be in Sandy Hollow Cemetery, Philadelphia, NY. A celebration of her life will be at the Knights of Columbus, Clayton starting at 2:30 PM after the burial.

Lou Anne was born in Watertown on September 15, 1956, daughter of Lewis J. and Joyce Garnsey Badour and she was a graduate of Thousand Islands High School. On June 28, 1974 she married Leslie E. Drake at St. Mary's Church with Rev. Euclid Marier officiating.

She had worked in several restaurants in the 1000 Islands area, including the T. I. Inn, Clayton. Lou Anne was a communicant of St. Mary's Church, was a Eucharistic Minister, and also taught first-grade religious education. She was a member of the T. I. Booster Club, PTA, and served on the committee for the Christmas in July parade. She enjoyed cooking, baking, and spending time with her family.

Along with her husband, Leslie, Lou Anne is survived by her father and his wife, Lewis J. and Sheila H. Badour, Clayton; mother-in-law, Madeline E. Drake, Philadelphia; two sons and their wives, Richard L. and Susan Drake, Wellesley Island and Jason L. and Heidi Drake, LaFargeville; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; four siblings and their spouses, Steven D. and Carol Ann Badour, Donald S. and Debbie Badour, Susan B. and Rexal Ellsworth, and Michael J. and Jean Badour, all of Clayton; three sisters-in-law and their husbands, Candy and Danny Dwyer, Theresa, Susan and Bruce Jenne, Philadelphia, and Karen and Randy Clarke, Antwerp; and a large extended family. She was predeceased by her mother, Joyce Badour, her father-in-law, Richard Leslie Drake, and grandson, Bentley Drake.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Lou Anne's name may be made to either Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., Watertown, NY 13601 or to St. Mary's Church, 521 James St., Clayton, NY 13624. Online condolences to her family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#16 Alan & Carol Potter 2019-05-20 07:53
Les & all the Badour & Drake families, we were so sad to learn of Lou Anne's passing. Our hearts & prayers go out to you. Godspeed, Lou Anne.
Alan & Carol
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#15 Donna, Micheal and T 2019-05-15 13:51
Lou Anne and the family were more than just a friend....They were family. They made our vacations in the Islands all that more special and Lou Anne treated our son as one of her own. She cared only about everyone around her. You will forever live in our hearts, Mom.
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#14 Donna Drake 2019-05-14 09:19
Les and Family,
Our Prayers are with you and your family. Your faith will bring you comfort. With Love, Tim, Donna, Logan and Nolan Drake
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#13 Just Haberer 2019-05-13 21:34
Les, and Family,
I am so very sorry to hear of Lou Anne’s passing. She was a special lady and helped us out many times. I hope all the good memories will help you through this time of mourning and adjustment. I will pray that you feel Gods strength surround you and give you comfort.
God Bless
Judy Purcell Haberer
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#12 Jessica Bach Spicer 2019-05-13 09:24
Les, Jason & Family,

I am so very sorry for your loss. Starting at a young age with church school, waiting on you guys at Barkeaters and other restaurants, and just seeing her out and about, I always enjoyed running into Lou Anne, she was so sweet and gave great hugs.

I hope that you can find comfort in each-other and your love and memories to get you through this difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

With love and sympathy,
Jessie Bach Spicer
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#11 Tom McGowan 2019-05-13 08:53
Les and family l was very sorry to hear of your lose, you and the family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
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#10 Donna, Micheal and T 2019-05-13 07:48
The Drake family has been there some of our most difficult times. Lou Anne was like a second Mom to us.Through out the years, we enjoyed many dinners and times together and her generosity towards Micheal captured the spirit of the 1000 Islands like no other could. Those moments will not be forgotten. Nor will you Mom. Please rest easy. We have it from here.
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#9 Kareta Olshfski 2019-05-12 15:09

So sorry to hear of Lou Anne's passing. Our prayers are with you and your family.

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#8 Patricia 2019-05-12 13:12
“Angels come down
From the heavens
Just to help us on our way
Come to teach us
Then they leave us
And they find some other soul to save“

Gram and Lou Lou are taking care of my Dominic now. Love you Uncle Les, Richard and Jason. See you soon.
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#7 Bob Love 2019-05-12 12:38
My sincerest condolences to to Leslie and his family on the loss of his wife and the loss of the families mother, daughter, sister and friend. Leslie, Richard, Jason, and their children are all my cousins. Our extended family has suffered the loss too. My thoughts are with the family during this trying time. Bob
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