ROSE DRAKE 1915-2012
Rose Wernes Drake, widow of long time UCLA trainer and track coach Elvin C. "Ducky" Drake, died peacefully in her home in Santa Monica on January 23, 2012. She was 96. Rose was born August 14, 1915 on the family farm in Friend, Nebraska. She was the last of eight children to Homer and Ida Dreher.
She married Ducky, a childhood friend, in 1983, beginning a wonderful relationship until Ducky's sudden death in December 1988.
Rose was an avid UCLA fan and she became a "regular" singing and playing piano for UCLA sports events, song-fests, parties, and memorials. She attended most football and basketball games into her early 90's.
Rose was loved and adored by all who knew her. She had no children and is survived by nieces and nephews. Visitations will take place on February 6th from 5-7 pm and on February 7th from 11 am - noon at Gates, Kingsley & Gates, 1925 Arizona, Santa Monica, CA 90404. The Memorial Service is February 7th at 12:30 pm at Gates, Kingsley & Gates. Interment will take place at 2 pm at Woodlawn Cemetery, 1847 14th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Wooden Athletic Fund, UCLA Athletics, Morgan Center, 325 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles CA 90095-1639.