Katharine M. Draper

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CEN­TRE­VILLE — Katharine Mary May­beck Draper of Cen­tre­ville, MD, passed away peace­fully at Com­pass Re­gional Hospice Cen­ter in Cen­tre­ville, MD, on April 1, 2016. She was 85.

Born in Or­ange, New Jersey, on Jan­uary 13, 1931, she was the daugh­ter of the late Merrell G. May­beck and Frances E. Abrams, and grew up in the New York and New Jersey area.

Known to every­one as Kathy, she grad­u­ated from the East­man School of Music at the Univer­sity of Rochester in 1953, and earned a master’s de­gree from Columbia Univer­sity.

Af­ter mov­ing to the East­ern Shore to teach music at Stevensville High School, Kathy met her hus­band Frank who taught her a pas­sion for oys­ters and blue crabs. They were mar­ried in Glen Rock, New Jersey, on June 24, 1956, and she re­turned to the East­ern Shore to teach music. Mrs. Draper taught in the pub­lic schools of Queen Anne’s County as well as Gun­ston School in Cen­tre­ville.

Her life was filled with fam­ily, friends, music and travel. A pi­ano teacher to many in the Cen­tre­ville area, she con­tin­ued to play well into re­tire­ment and was the ac­com­pa­nist to the Queen Anne’s County High School Choir for many years un­til 2010. As a singer Kathy was a found­ing mem­ber and for­mer board mem­ber of the Queen Anne’s Cho­rale in 1988 and con­tin­ued singing un­til her pass­ing. Ac­tive at St. Paul’s Parish in Cen­tre­ville, Kathy sang in the choir af­ter serv­ing as the choir di­rec­tor, and served as a lay min­is­ter, a mem­ber of the Al­tar Guild, the Vestry, and nu­mer­ous other ac­tiv­i­ties and po­si­tions at St. Paul’s.

While not trav­el­ing the globe from China to Egypt with her many friends, Kathy served on the board on the Queen Anne’s Mu­seum of East­ern Shore Life, vol­un­teered at the Queen Anne’s County Free Li­brary, the Queen Anne’s County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, the Queen Anne’s Arts Coun­cil, and nu­mer­ous other or­ga­ni­za­tions dur­ing her 85 years.

Never idle, Kathy’s ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded play­ing bridge, wa­ter aer­o­bics, yoga, book club, din­ner club, and at­tend­ing the sym­phony.

Spend­ing time with her grand­daugh­ters al­ways brought her joy as she par­tic­i­pated in tea par­ties, va­ca­tioned and trav­eled with the fam­ily, and at­tended the chil­dren’s nu­mer­ous plays, per­for­mances and sports games.

Mrs. Draper is sur­vived by her son Franklin Warner Draper IV and daugh­ter- in­law Michelle E. ThomasDraper of Cen­tre­ville, MD; grand­chil­dren El­iz­a­beth Hope Draper of Honolulu, HI, Katharine Wil­lis Draper, Caro­line Blanche Draper, and Emma Ruth Draper of Cen­tre­ville, MD; a brother, Ed­ward May­beck and sis­ter in- law Rev. Su­san May­beck of Pitts­ford, NY; as well as nu­mer­ous nieces, neph­ews and in­laws. She was pre­de­ceased by her hus­band Franklin Warner Draper III in 2002.

Fu­neral ser­vices will be held on Satur­day, April 9, 2016, 11 a. m. at St. Paul’s Epis­co­pal Church, Cen­tre­ville, MD. In­ter­ment will fol­low at Ch­ester­field Ceme­tery in Cen­tre­ville, MD.

Fam­ily and friends may call on Fri­day April 8, 2016 from 6 to 8 p. m. at the Fel­lows, Helfen­bein & New­nam Fu­neral Home, P.A. in Cen­tre­ville, MD.

In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions may be made to St. Paul’s Epis­co­pal Church Music Fund, P.O. Box 278, Cen­tre­ville, MD 21617; Queen Anne’s Mu­seum of East­ern Shore Life, P. O. Box 525, Cen­tre­ville, MD 21617; the Queen Anne’s Cho­rale, P.O. Box 118, Ch­ester, MD 21619, or a char­ity of your choice. On­line con­do­lences can be made at www.fh­n­fu­ner­al­home.com.

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