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Carmen R. Draege

Carmen R. Draege

Mrs. Carmen Roberta (Burgess) Draege, 88, of Ashley, IL, passed away in the early morning of Wednesday, October 2, 2019.

She was born on January 17th, 1931 in Benton, IL. the daughter of Robert and Delta (Smith) Burgess.  She married Harold Draege on April 8th, 1952, and he preceded her in death on October 31, 1990.

Mrs. Draege is survived by two sons, Kevin Draege of Centralia, IL and Bryan Draege and wife Sherry of Richview, IL; four grandchildren, Jim Draege of Hoyleton, IL, David Draege and wife Mary of Carlyle, IL Jason Draege and wife Lydia of Ashley, IL and Amanda Barbee and husband Chuck of Centralia, IL; 15 great grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

Carmen was a woman of deep Christian faith and wrote weekly devotions for the Nashville News.  Her gift as a singer was well known throughout the area.  She sang at numerous weddings, funerals and church services.  She had the honor of singing for President Ronald Reagan, Illinois Governor’s Thompson and Edgar and Senator Percy at many republican functions throughout the state.

Mrs. Draege was the Deputy Circuit Clerk in Washington County for 16 years.  She also was the Washington County Aid for Senator Ralph Dunn and was elected as a delegate to the 1976 Republican National Convention.

There will be no public services.

Should friends desire, memorials can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice and will be accepted by the Campagna Funeral Home, who is assisting the family with arrangements.

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  1. Margaret Snyder on October 3, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    She always had a smile, something nice to say to everyone she meet. She will be missed.

  2. Terry Matlock on October 3, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    Prayers to the family. She will be missed on this earthly plain as She is rejoicing in Heaven with the angels. Love to all and sharing in your sympathy!

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