News From Terre Haute, Indiana

October 2, 2013

Virginia M. Harris-Drake


FAIRBANKS — Virginia M. Harris-Drake, 69, of Fairbanks, passed away Sept. 30, 2013. She was born April 15, 1944, in Cincinnati, to Charles F. and Agnes I. (Dyer) Jones. She was a retired medical office assistant, having worked for several doctors’ offices.  

She attended Maryland Community Church, had been a volunteer at Miller's Merry Manor, in Sullivan, and enjoyed playing the piano. She also enjoyed watching hummingbirds and was known as a practical joker. Her first husband, James Harris, preceded her in death in 1983.  

She is survived by her husband, Lester Drake, whom she married in 1985; two daughters, Tracy Belmar and Jamie Thompson; a stepson, Larry Drake and wife Tonya; two stepdaughters, Brenda Rea and Polly Shiflett; a brother, the Rev. William F. Jones and wife Susan; grandchildren, Adriana, Alaina, and James Belmar, Britney Riggs, Darby McPheeters, Anthony Johns, Adam Johns, Robert Shiflett and Tara Shiflett; two nieces and one nephew. She also was preceded in death by her parents; and a stepson, Lee Drake.  

The family would like to give special thanks to the staff of the Reflection Unit at Signature Health Care — Thanks!

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at DeBaun Springhill Chapel, in Terre Haute, with Vince McFarland officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today. Burial will be at Pogue Cemetery. Memorials can be made to Alzheimer’s Research, with envelopes available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be offered at: