Dona Lois (Hill) Drake

June 28, 1947 ~ May 12, 2022 (age 74)


Dona Lois Hill Drake, 74, resident of Carver Rehabilitation and Living Center in Durham, died on Thursday, May 12, 2022.

Dona was born in Jacksonville, NC on June 28, 1947. She worked in Child Nutrition in both Durham and Granville County and retired after 20 years of service. Mom enjoyed spending time with her family and her two best friends Barbara Wilson of Florida and Judy Coggins of Butner, NC. She had many talents including being a beautician, creating crafty cakes and her love for cooking. She could knit, crochet, cross stitch and oil paint. She loved visiting the beach and looking for shark teeth. She also had a huge love for Elvis Presley and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon.

She was the daughter of the late Janie Hansley and William Hill. She is survived by her three daughters, Dona Mitchem (Timothy) of Creedmoor, NC, Erica Davie of California and April Bryant (Jason) of Raleigh, NC; grandchildren Zachary Gates of Durham, NC and Maci Gates of Rougemont, NC and great grandson Caden Gates of Rougemont, NC; and sisters Diane Perea (Berna) of Florida, Holly Jacques of Florida and Alena Ellis; Also including aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A private ceremony will be held.

Mom had a love for animals. So in Lieu of flowers, please offer a donation to Saving Grace Animals for Adoption, a nonprofit organization and a non-kill shelter. Their website is & their address is 13400 Old Creedmoor Rd., Wake Forest NC 27587.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Carver Rehabilitation and Living Center for their love, support and help that was provided during her stay.

Cremation arrangements entrusted to Piedmont Cremation and Funeral Service of Graham, NC.

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