LAURINBURG – Georgia Anne Drake Dye, 85, died on March 11 in Laurinburg, North Carolina after a period of dwindling health.

Georgia was born on June 30, 1935 in Chancellor, South Dakota, to William Jackson and Edna Anne Bultena Drake. Her first of dozen moves was to Long Beach, California when she was 3 years old.

In the years between the Great Depression and World War II, many in Georgia’s life moved from South Dakota to Southern California in search of work. Georgia was blessed to be surrounded by aunts, uncles, cousins, and long-time family friends who all played important roles in her life.

Georgia attended Occidental College, Santa Ana Junior College, and graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in elementary education. From there, looking to see the world, she and her friend Marlene moved to Davenport, Iowa, where Georgia was teaching her first grade of 5th grade and where she would meet her future husband, Bob, at a meeting

Methodist / Episcopalian Young Professionals Bible Study.

Bob and Georgia were married in First Presbyterian Church, Anaheim, California in 1958 and lived in 14 cities – sometimes multiple times – in 7 states during their marriage. Their daughter Darcy was born in Pennsylvania and moved with them nine times.

As a lifelong caregiver, Georgia has made friends across the country and kept them in touch with her true servant’s heart through visits, maps, and phone calls. While she never took advantage of the technological advantages of email, she valued all traditional forms of communication. Her favorite pastimes were book clubs, gardening, bridge, church, tennis, golf, and special outings with Darcy. A favorite trip was to France, where they could visit Utah Beach in Normandy, where Georgia’s father landed during the American invasion of World War 11.

Georgia was passed away to her parents, sister Ellen Jo Drake Tuell, and husband Bob.

She is survived by her daughter Darcy Ellen Dye Bowers and her husband John; Brother-in-law Gary Tuell and his wife Fran; 2 nephews, 1 niece, 4 cousins ​​and their families.

The family would like to thank all the carers in Georgia, including the special angels from

Scottish Regional Hospice. In remembrance of Georgia, thank you gifts can be sent to the Scotland Regional Hospice, PO Box 1033, Laurinburg, NC 28353.

“His master said to him: Well done, you good and faithful servant. These have been faithful in some things. I will make you ruler in many things. Enter into the joy of your master.” – Matthew 25:21

At the request of Georgia, instead of a public memorial service, friends and family will be invited to remember and honor them with a smile, a good memory and a kind word to those around you.

Arrangements entrusted to the funeral service and the crematorium of the Bumgarner family (Laurinburg).

Posted on Laurinburg Exchange March 12-13, 2021.