After a long battle with cancer, Laura Anne Drake, 53, of Jackson, has been received into the arms of her heavenly father.  Laura passed away Sunday, November 13, 2016, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau.

She was born April 10, 1963, in Long Beach, California, to Fred and Barbara Drake.

Laura was raised in Long Beach, where she graduated from Millikan High School.  She was a 1995 graduate of Lawson Technical College.

The past 15 years, Laura was employed with United Health Care as a user acceptance testing manager.  In 2006, she and her daughter, Bailey moved from St. Charles, Missouri, to Jackson.  Since 2008, Laura had been an active member of Lynwood Baptist Church in Cape Girardeau.

Loving survivors include her daughter, Bailey Drake of Jackson; a brother, Steven (Claudia) Drake of Germany; a nephew, Daniel Drake of Ohio; a niece, Melissa (Ben) McCall of Germany; and a lifelong friend, Kristina (Tim) Caldwell of Cape Girardeau.

Cremation accorded by McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.  A private family ceremony will be held at a later date.

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  1. Wanda Colon

    Dear friend I always admired your strength, sense of humor and love for life. You gave your friends, family and co-workers the best of you. Rest in peace, we will take care of your beloved daughter. Love, Wanda

  2. rosemary sullivan

    Dear Bailey,
    My name is Rosie and I am your mothers surgeons nurse. Your mom and I became good phone buddies during her illness. She was a strong lovely person who wanted only the very best for you. She spoke of you and was so happy you studied abroad. I will never forget her or her strength and determination to fight for you and herself. God bless you and know how much I will always cherish your mom’s memory.

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