1934 – 2014
LEWISTON — Patricia Irene (Russell) Draper, 80, of Lewiston and formerly of Greene and West Haven, Conn., died Sunday, Dec. 7, at Marshwood Center. She was the wife of the late Floyd W. Draper, who died Dec. 27, 1997.
She was born in Lewiston on Aug. 25, 1934, a daughter of the late Durward and Lucienne (Lampron) Russell. Patricia grew up in Sabattus, attending local schools and graduating from Sabattus High School. After graduation, she married Floyd and moved to West Haven, Conn., where she lived for over 30 years, before moving back to Greene.
She spent 10 years working in the housekeeping department at Bates College, before retiring in 1993 to help care for her young grandchildren. Caring for all of her children and grandchildren was her favorite job.
Patricia was known for her wonderful smile, noble heart, kindness and generosity. Patricia was an active member of Greene Baptist Church and enjoyed playing the piano and organ. She was also a wonderful singer.
She took pride in her home and was a very talented seamstress, always busy making clothes for her young children. She loved canning, cooking (especially for the holidays) and playing poker for pennies. However, Patty’s favorite pastime was spending quality time with loved ones. She could always be found talking with friends and family over a cup of coffee. She was the best wife, mom and friend anyone could ever ask for.
She is survived by her son, Timothy Draper, of Lewiston; and four daughters, Deborah Sadenwater and her husband, Patrick, of West Haven, Conn., and Peggy Johnson and her husband, David, Kimberly Long and her husband, David, and Rachel Leighton, all of Greene. She also leaves 10 grandchildren, Melanie, Missy, Crystal, Jeremy, Amanda, Zachary, Megan, Lizzy, Caleb and Colby; as well as a sister, Yvonne Winslow, of Sabattus; and several nieces and nephews.
She was also the sister of the late Freddy and Robert Russell; and mother of the late Floyd Draper and Yvonne North.
The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank-you to all of the nurses and aides at Marshwood Center as well as Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice.
Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Patricia’s guest book and leave memories and condolences for the family.