Karen L. Drake, age 60, of E. Jamestown Rd., Greene Twp., Greenville passed away Sunday morning, December 9, 2018 in her residence.

She was born in Sharon on August 16, 1958 a daughter of Robert Donaldson and Jean (Furrey) Marosy. She was a 1979 graduate of Sharon High School. On October 9, 1975 Karen married James L. Drake, he survives.

Karen was a homemaker for most of her life and was previously employed for Greenville Walmart and Kate Sorber Day Care, Greenville. She will always be known for her loving heart and her desire to always be helpful to her family and friends. She truly enjoyed spending most of her time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of Greenville; a daughter, Kristi Bercis and her husband Joseph of Jamestown, a son; James L. Drake II and his wife Bridget of Charlotte, NC, step-father; Julius Marosy of Sharon, two sisters; Paula Donaldson and her husband Todd Sherrod of Hermitage, Linda Rimkus and her husband Pete of Sharon, a brother; Robert M. Donaldson and his wife Karen of Lansing, KS, six grandchildren, Joseph Bercis, Mackenna Drake, Madison Bercis, Morgan Bercis, Ashleigh Drake, and Haleigh Drake.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Randy Marosy.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.



  1. Natalie Higbee Natalie Higbee
    December 11, 2018    

    Karen will be missed and will never be forgotten as we first met when she babysat my son who is now 16. He was a toddler then and Karen made it a point to always know how things were going in my life and askign about both my children. She never ceased to amaze me with her loving and caring ways. She was sincere and kind towards everyone. My heart was changed when I met her. God Bless and may she rest in peace and comfortable from all illness now. Thinking of all of you.

  2. Chris Mullen Chris Mullen
    December 11, 2018    

    Graduated in 1976 with Karen. Friends for a long time. Condolences and prayers to her family

  3. Karen Donaldson Karen Donaldson
    December 11, 2018    

    Karen,was one of a kind,her qualities can not be numbered.She was giving,and truly had a love for children.She always was the one coming up with a Fun project to keep the little ones occupied .At one point we were both Karen Lynn Donaldson,we would laugh about that.To all the family who has taken such great care of her throughout her cancer struggle, know how amazing selfless you all have been.She was surrounded by love ,and she knew it.Her desire to come home for her final days was very important to her ,so she could be surrounded by all of you.Our deepest condolences to all the family.Karen was a huge part of of many lives.Gods speed Karen .I love you kk

  4. Nancy Simmons Nancy Simmons
    December 11, 2018    

    Karen was the best friend ever, I could always count on her to be there when I needed someone. She had a heart of gold and could always make me laugh. I will truly miss my dear friend.

  5. Gary & Carolyn Kidwell Gary & Carolyn Kidwell
    December 11, 2018    

    Our Sincere Sympathy to the Drake family. So sorry for your loss. Thinking of all.

  6. Deb, Jake, Jamie Russell Deb, Jake, Jamie Russell
    December 11, 2018    

    Karen was like a second mother to my kids and has been a part of our family for over 30 years. We will miss her, but know she is pain free now and dancing the streets of heaven. Love to the Drake family from Deb, Jake, Lindsay, Mike & Jamie

  7. Don and Sue Achenbach Don and Sue Achenbach
    December 11, 2018    

    Karen was always a joy to be around. She always brought a smile to your face. We are so sorry for your loss and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

  8. Kerry Russell Kerry Russell
    December 12, 2018    

    My heart breaks for all of you during this difficult time. Unfortunately I will not be able to attend the services for Karen to give you all the comforting hugs that you all so deserve. She always made me laugh and can put a smile on anyone’s face. Please find comfort in knowing she is pain free. I think one thing she left all of you is her strength and courage to get you through this. All of you care in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Robert Drake Dec. 11 2018 Robert Drake Dec. 11 2018
    December 12, 2018    

    karen’s w.v. family are mourning her passing, she had gained native status.Thank god for her helping me raise my daughter Sherry Jean, the help she gave with mother on life support for 3 months at cleveland clinic and the list goes on and on.My name is Bob Drake brother of james and proud to say i had two of the best sister in laws god couldve given me Karen and Margerett.Want all my family in pa. to stay strong like karen was and granny francis has already got her in heaven and brother james i will be up soon



  10. Sherry Sherry
    December 12, 2018    

    My Aunt Karen was such a huge part of my life growing up, as i got older distance got in the way of seeing her as much as i wanted to but we always stayed in contact she would always bring a smile to my face. I was so thankful for her in so many ways she always saw the good in everything and everyone if you were down or in a bad situation she alwasy knew how to make you smile and feel loved. She was always there for me in the toughest time of my life and the happiest time of my life. When i lost my grandma i was devistated but who was there for me Aunt Karen. She was so full of love and i thank god i got to be part of that. Kristi and Jimmy and Uncle Jim i love you all and will be praying for comfort for you in the days coming thank you for sharing her with me.

  11. Dianne Petrack Dianne Petrack
    December 12, 2018    

    Karen was a sweet woman. We got to know her when she shopped with us at Dollar Tree. My first year as manager, we talked about my not having time to make cookies. Karen showed up with a lovely plate of Christmas cookies. I missed her when she began her battle, but I am very glad she was able stop by for a few minutes some months ago. I am truly, truly sad to hear of her passing. My most sincere sympathies.

  12. Kim Jamerson (Donaldson) Kim Jamerson (Donaldson)
    December 14, 2018    

    I will forever remember my summer vacations to PA. All the birthday parties you had for Scott and I with our double sided cake, inviting all your friends that hardly knew us to make it a special party. Always waiting for you to drive in from Greenville to pick me up for our Mermaid sleepovers. Your country house, your well water and fighting Uncle Jim for the corn on the cob. The Christmas pics of all the grandkids in your dining room that we all hated so much Your cups of tea, your birthday cards to me and my children! So many memories I cannot list them all. You will forever be in my heart. I love you. Kimmy

  13. Janine Daniels Janine Daniels
    December 14, 2018    

    So sorry for your loss! Prayers for all the family.

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