MILFORD — Susan Drake-Skillen, 45, a long-time resident of the Milford area, died peacefully at her home, surrounded by her loving family, on Friday, March 15, 2013, after a courageous battle with lymphoma.
Born May 23, 1967, in Stamford, the daughter of Stanley and Beverly (Whitbeck) Drake, Susan received her associate’s degree in nursing from SUNY Morrisville. Nursing was her passion and she spent many years pursuing her dream of caring for others. Throughout her nursing career she traveled to many homes with At Home Care, Inc., spreading her love and kindness to individuals in Otsego and the surrounding counties.
She was also a dedicated and long-time employee of Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital where her kind, patient and compassionate nature touched the lives of countless patients.
Susan was a well-known and much loved member of the Milford and Cooperstown communities.
While she was a loyal and loving wife, sister, friend and caregiver to her family, motherhood was Susan’s true calling. Her daughters were her “world” and she made sure that they knew that every day.
When spring rolled around you could always find her cheering for her girls at their softball games. During the off season, you could even find her playing catch in the backyard. Susan was also an avid reader. She could always be found with her nose in a good book, even while watching her favorite NASCAR races!
Susan was predeceased by her father, Stanley “Stub” Drake in 2010.
She is survived by her mother, Beverly Drake of Hartwick; her husband, Edward Skillen Jr. of Milford; her daughters, Gabriella and Natasha Skillen of Milford; her brother, Douglas Sargeant (Natalie) of Laurens; her sisters, Melody (Keith) Fritts of West Laurens and Heather Drake of Raleigh, N.C.; as well as by several nieces and nephews.
A graveside memorial service will be held in the Hartwick Cemetery at 1 p.m. Monday, March 25, 2013, with a reception to follow at the Milford American Legion.
For those who so desire, the family suggests that donations be made in Susan’s memory to a Benefit account in the names of Gabriella and Natasha Skillen at the Leatherstocking Federal Credit Union in Cooperstown, NY 13326.
Arrangements are under the guidance of Tillapaugh Funeral Service in Cooperstown.