April 9, 1927 - April 10, 2010
Gloria A. Drake, 120 Elzora, Milton-Freewater, passed away April 10, 2010, at Evergreen Health and Rehabilitation Center in Milton-Freewater at the age of 83 years.
Funeral Mass will be Saturday, April 17, 2010, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Walla Walla, with Father Patrick Kerst officiating. Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be Friday, April 16, 2010, at 7 p.m. at Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home in Milton-Freewater. Concluding services and interment will be Monday, April 19, 2010 at 11 a.m. in the Olney Cemetery, Pendleton. Memorial contributions may be made to the G.B. Pesciallo Agricultural Scholarship Fund or St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church through the funeral home.
Gloria was born April 9, 1927, in Milton-Freewater, the youngest of seven children, to G.B. and Elivia Morando Pesciallo. She grew up on the family fruit farm in Milton-Freewater. She attended Pleasant View School and graduated from McLoughlin Union High School. She then attended the University of Oregon, majoring in health and physical education and was the first of her family's generation to earn a college degree. Gloria taught school in Roseburg, Ore. Later she became a stewardess for United Airlines and was based in New York City. She traveled extensively with them for several years. Gloria married Clay Weaver from Pendleton and the couple had a son. The couple were later divorced. She later married James R. Drake and the couple lived in Hermiston. After his death, she returned to Milton-Freewater to be close to family. For the past several years, she had lived at Evergreen Assisted Living. Gloria enjoyed visiting with family and friends. She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Milton-Freewater.
Gloria's family would like to express their thanks and appreciation to Dan Eslinger for his years of health care service to her, Dr. Scott Fry and to all the staff at Evergreen Retirement and Rehabilitation Center in Milton-Freewater for her care.
She is survived by a son, Brutus Weaver of Anchorage, Alaska and numerous nieces and nephews.
Gloria was preceded in death by her brothers, Bert and John Pesciallo; sisters, Anna Evans, Louise Thomaston, Delphine Pesciallo and a baby sister.