Ruth E. Drake


Ruth E. Drake, 69, of Rome, passed away on Saturday, July 10, 2021, at Rome Health. She was born in McConnellsville on April 11, 1952, a daughter of the late James and Barbara (Johnson) Merchant. On December 5, 1970, she was united in marriage to Earl Drake. He passed away April 2, 2007.

Ruth was a certified nurses assistant for many years at the Rome Nursing Home. She loved to do crafts, especially plastic canvas. She was an avid reader and enjoyed her scratch offs and going to BINGO.

She is survived by two daughters, Crystal Roberts (John) and Valerie Drake; two sons, Timothy Drake and Rodney Drake (Pauline); four sisters, Christine Drake (Joe), Ethel Merchant, Susan Merchant and Lois Bradley (Jim); three brothers, John Merchant (Kim), Russell Merchant (Paula) and Keith Merchant; fourteen grandchildren and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers, James and Kevin Merchant; and two grandchildren, Darian Drake and Alexis Shearer.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 29, at 2 p.m. at Nunn and Harper Funeral Home, Inc., 418 N. George St., Rome. Interment will take place in Evergreen Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on the Thursday, July 29, prior to the service from 12-2 p.m.

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