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Betty Frances Sikes Drake

Betty Frances Sikes Drake, 90, of Gainesville, Florida, passed away on January 3, 2017. She was born in Cobbtown, Georgia on April 5, 1926 to Troy Shay and Annie Louise Sikes. She graduated from Georgia Teachers College and the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in Education. She married Roscoe Lee Drake, DVM in 1946. She taught school for many years in the communities of Collins and Tyson, GA. In 1962, they moved to Gainesville, Florida where they resided to present date. Her interests were many, but centered around her children, grandchildren, and faith in God. She is survived by her four children: Melinda (Rocky) Chitty, Alachua; David (Sherry) Drake, Midway, GA. Elizabeth (John) Thomas, Alachua; and Roxanne (Reggie) Tumlin, Melrose. She is survived by eight grandchildren: Ben (Angel) Chitty, Jill (Jeff) Marcus, Cindy Henderson, Brett (Letza) Morgan, Darrell (Lara) Thomas, Brandi Tumlin, JR Tumlin, and Misty (Bobby) Steiner, and eleven great grandchildren. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Haven Hospice. Services will be held at North Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Alachua on Friday, January 6th. Viewing at 10:00 AM – Service at 11:00.

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In consideration of COVID-19, as well as the families we are serving, we would like for those of you whose immune systems are compromised please stay home and send the family a condolence card. We may also be forced to postpone services if this continues or worsens. Our profession as funeral directors is not only focused on serving families, but also protecting the families and the community at-large. Thank you and please take care!