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June 21, 1929 ~ June 19, 2010 (age 80) 80 Years Old
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Edith Darlene Corbin Drake, 80, longtime Hooker resident, went to be with her Savior and Lord, on June 19, 2010. The daughter of T.C. and Pearl Rivers Corbin, she was born in the Oak Dale Community on June 21, 1929. She was the youngest of three children. As a young girl growing up during the Great Depression, she picked cotton to help pay for school clothes. When she was 16 years old, she received Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior and joined the Oak Dale Baptist Church. She graduated from Sickles High School in 1946. Shortly after graduation, she married Glenn Drake, Jr., at Anadarko, Oklahoma on July 15, 1946. They established their home in Norman, Oklahoma, where Glenn attended the OU School of Pharmacy. In the Fall of 1949 they moved to Texhoma, Oklahoma where Glenn began working for George Grey. While living in Texhoma, their three children were born giving Darlene one of her deepest desires that of having a family of her own. She would say of her children that Reece was her favorite because he was her son, and Debbie was her favorite because she was the little girl she wanted so much, and Terry was her favorite because she was her youngest. In the Fall of 1954, they once again moved this time to Hooker, OK, where Glenn began working for George Greys brother Mike Grey at Greys Rexall Drug. Hooker became their permanent home. They joined the First Baptist Church and have been members for 56 years. Darlene was a wonderful wife, mother and homemaker. She was an inveterate reader who read to her children routinely. As an accomplished seamstress, she made most of her childrens clothing, which later included formals, doll clothes, and her oldest daughters wedding dress. She also enjoyed knitting, making afghans and various items for her children and grandchildren. In the early years at Hooker, Darlene was a stay-at-home mom. She was a reporter for the KGYN Radio Station in Guymon, OK, for a few years. Calling in her report once a week from the living room of their home, the children were sequestered in the bathroom with strict orders to be quiet or else. As a member of The Rose Garden Club and an avid gardener, she instilled the love of gardening in her children. She was a very honest person. If she said she would do something you could count on her doing it. She also taught her children that honesty was the best policy, and that if you cant say something nice about someone, you shouldnt say anything at all. She was a stickler for good table manners and insisted that her daughters always stand up straight. She was very sensitive to others needs and had a loving heart for animals. In 1963, Glenn and Darlene opened Glenns Pharmacy where she assisted her husband for over 35 years retiring in 1998. She was very active in church teaching childrens classes in Sunday School and Bible School. She sang in the Adult Choir for several years making what she would call a joyful noise. She was a member of the Womens Missionary Union holding various offices over the years. She was always willing to help with funeral dinners when called upon. She taught a womans Sunday School class for over 16 years enjoying the fellowship she had with the ladies in her class. She took up a second career later in life as a dental assistant to her son-in-law, Jerry Perkins, working one day a week and filling in for her daughter at various times. She enjoyed writing, which started even before her days as a reporter. As a Christian wife and mother, she desired to honor God by being a good wife to her beloved husband, Glenn, and a Christian example to her children, Reece, Debbie, and Terry. In reading through her diaries, it is evident that she called upon the Lord frequently for guidance and never failed to give Him the glory for all things. Her deepest desire was that all men would know Jesus Christ in the forgiveness of sin and the eternal salvation which only comes through Him. It can truly be said of her family, Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her, Proverb 31:28 Survivors include her husband, Glenn Drake of the home, her son, Glenn Reece Drake of Ponca City, OK, her daughter, Deborah Lynn Perkins and her husband Jerry of Hooker, Ok, her daughter Terry DeeAnn Steiestol and her husband of Orval of Busby, Alberta, Canada; two granddaughters, Carrie Catherine Perkins of Oklahoma City, OK, Leslee Lynn Roybal and her husband Ronnie of Shawnee, OK, one great grandson, Zachery Daemon Roybal, and other nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her parents, T.C.and Pearl Corbin, a brother, Calvin Rivers Corbin who died in infancy, and one sister, Datherine Corbin Smith. Funeral services are planned for 10 AM, Thursday, June 24, 2010 at the First Baptist Church of Hooker, Oklahoma with Brother Jim Roebuck officiating. Interment will be in the Hooker Cemetery directed by Roberts Brothers Funeral Home, Inc. in Hooker, Oklahoma. The family suggests memorials to the First Baptist Church Building Fund and may be left at Roberts Bros Funeral Home, P.O. Box 745, Hooker, Oklahoma 73945.