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, following a hard and 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 and enjoyed many years pursuing her dream of caring for others. Throughout her nursing career she traveled to many, many homes with At Home Care, Inc., spreading her special skill, 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 again 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 “life and world” and she made sure that they knew that virtually every day. She was interested and involved in their daily activities including their school, Girl Scouts and sports. When spring rolled around you could always find her cheering for her girls at their softball games. During the off season, she would spend numerous hours playing catch with them in the backyard.
She loved to watch sports of all kinds. She also enjoyed good books, was an avid reader and, would often be found with her nose in a book, even while watching her beloved 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, Wendy (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 in the near future at a date and time to be announced.
For those who so desire, the family suggests that donations be made in Susan’s memory to the “Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Upstate New York,” 5 Computer Drive West, Suite 100, Albany, NY 12205.
Arrangements are under the guidance of Tillapaugh Funeral Service in Cooperstown.