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  • August 11, 2022

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Martha “Durlene” Drake

October 27, 1936 – August 11, 2022

 

Martha Durlene Drake, 85, of Winter Park, Florida, passed away on Thursday, August 11, 2022. She was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina on October 27, 1936, to Durward Hobby Johnson and Louise Holland Johnson. Flowers will be placed on her mother’s grave in the Holland Family plot at the Turkey Baptist Church on the 26th, the day of Durlene’s Service and Celebration of Life.

 

Durlene lived a life of giving, nurturing and mentoring. Though she avoided any recognition for the help she provided, she was a positive force in the lives of the many people she touched. She was intellectually curious about many things and was deeply interested history, heritage, people, the arts, and culture. She loved her family and shared in their daily lives as much as possible. Durlene enjoyed spending time in Ocala and Winter Park with her children and grandchildren.

 

Durlene moved to Safety Harbor, Florida when she was a young child, where she had her fondest memories growing up in a Victorian-era home. Later in life, she fully restored her childhood home for historic preservation purposes and placed it on the U.S. National Registry of Historical Places (NRHP). She attended Clearwater High School in the Class of 1954, where she was Feature Twirler for the band and played the bells instrument.

 

She was recruited by two different colleges to be their Feature Twirler; the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Florida under the direction of bandleader Colonel Harold B. Bachman.

 

Durlene graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science Degree (Pre-Med). While at UF, Durlene met George MacKay Drake, Sr., affectionately known as “K” Drake, on a blind double date. They married on December 20, 1958, in Clearwater, FL. Durlene continued to support the Orange and Blue and attended Florida Football and Basketball games at Florida Field, Letterman Club and O’Connell Center up until 2013.

 

Durlene and K raised their family in Ocala, where K grew up. They were members of First Presbyterian Church and, later, became members of Grace Episcopal Church, which was under the direction of the late Father Al Durrance. Father Durrance was a significant presence in the lives of the Drake Family. With his trademark Red Socks and Birkenstocks, he possessed the ability to bring families together and build strong bonds that last forever. (See fatherdurrance.com)

 

She and K both lived long lives, enriched by their twenty-two-year marriage and raising their three children; Ann Louise, Holland, and MacKay. They were a very social couple, led a diverse life and loved to spend time in the woods at their family ranch. They enjoyed get-togethers with family and friends, tennis, snow skiing, traveling, boating, sailing on Lake Weir and summer Bahama cruising in the Out Islands with their children and K’s brother’s family (Trusty, Charlene, Lisa, Bob and Laura). The couple divorced in 1981.

 

Durlene was generous with her time and dedicated to serving her community. She was passionate about the City of Ocala Recreation Department and established baton twirling and modeling classes after-school programs, which she taught for many years. To this day, her former students (and their parents) remark about the impact and influence she had on their lives.

 

Durlene was an avid tennis player. This passion led her to open The Court Sport in the Cascades Shopping Center on Silver Springs Boulevard in Ocala, which was one of the first stores to sell the NIKE brand. Durlene was instrumental in lobbying for the Ft. King Tennis Center. Soon after it opened, Billy Jean King played at the venue in the Barnett Bank Classic.

 

She was a co-owner of an imported antiques store located in Ocala with Ronnie Carter and Charlotte Ponder called Dur-Ron-Char. Her interest in antiques led her to create a family heirloom Christmas Tree consisting of antique porcelain dolls and lace. The tree will be on display during the holidays at a yet-to-be-determined location in Winter Park or Orlando.

 

Durlene is survived by her three children, Ann Louise Drake (Christopher Curtiss Potter), Trusten “Holland” Drake (Barbara, Kendall (Peyton) and Dylan) and George “Mackay” Drake, Jr. (Tracy, Katherine Scott and George “Mackay” III). Durlene’s family will miss all the Joy, Happiness, Love and Guidance she brought to their lives.

 

A graveside service will be held at Palm Cemetery, 1005 North New York Avenue, Winter Park, FL. 32789 (enter off Webster at the Niche’s) at 11:30 AM on Friday, August 26th. Immediately following, a Celebration of Durlene’s Life reception held at the Winter Park Golf Course / Country Club at 761 Old England Avenue, Winter Park, FL. 32789 (off N. Interlachen Avenue).


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  1. Mrs Sandra B Elder lit a candle:
    29 Aug 2022
    Lit since August 29, 2022 at 8:33:16 AM

  2. Luby Ray Warren says:
    24 Aug 2022
    So sad to hear about my cousins death. I will always remember all the fun times we had together.

  3. Jackie Lee and Casey Bornholt says:
    23 Aug 2022
    So sad to hear of the passing of this sweet lady. My son Casey helped her when she was going through a difficult time and became friends with her and her daughter. She will be missed; but will be your guardian Angel. Lifting you and your up in comforting prayers

  4. Jane Hudson lit a candle:
    23 Aug 2022
    Lit since August 23, 2022 at 8:09:50 AM

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