Shirley Louise Draege, 83, of Woodlawn, Illinois passed away on November 10, 2019 at Saint Louis University Hospital in Saint Louis, Missouri. She was born December 22, 1935 in Ashley, Illinois to the late Jacob and Alice (McMillen) Bower. She married Eugene Draege on June 5, 1954 at Union Christian Church in Ashley, Illinois. They were blessed with sixty-five years of marriage before he preceded her in death on September 14, 2019.
Shirley is survived by her sons, Steven Draege and wife, Cindy of Woodlawn, Illinois and Daniel Draege of Richview, Illinois and special friend, Ginger Kehrer of Woodlawn, Illinois; daughter, Monica Braddy and husband, Wayne of Woodlawn, Illinois; grandchildren, Michael Braddy, April Rowe and husband, Mark, Trisha Draege and Ashley Hope, Ashleigh Settle and husband, Travis, and Kristina Draege; great-grandchildren, Corbyn, Cadyn, and Coltyn Settle; brother, Dale Bower of Decatur, Illinois; and sister-in-law, Myong Suk Bower of Tower Hill, Illinois.
In addition to her parents and husband, Shirley was preceded in death by her infant son, David; brother, Roger Bower; and sister-in-law, Shirley M. Bower.
Shirley was blessed with sixty-five years of marriage to her high school sweetheart. She worked alongside her husband running the family farm while raising three children. Shirley assisted in baby sitting and caring for her five grandchildren and several other neighborhood children. She loved to cook and care for friends and neighbors in need. She thoroughly enjoyed attending church, the quilting days at Fouts Church, and watching her birds.
Shirley loved church, life and family. She was very proud of all her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at Newell Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois. A Funeral Service will begin at 1:00 P.M. with Mr. Jerry Wilson and Mr. Jamie Williams officiating. Interment will follow at Brick Cemetery in Ashley, Illinois. Memorials may be made to the Fouts Christian Church or Brick Cemetery.
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