Linda Jean Drake-Toth, 59, slipped the bonds of earth on October 12, 2007, to attain eternal life with her Lord and Savior. There she joined her father, Eugene N. 'Gene' Drake; her younger brother, Neil K. Drake; and her grandparents, Frank and Silver DeNio and Harry and Myrtle Drake. Linda was born in Pueblo on August 11, 1948, attended Pueblo schools, graduated from South High and the University of Southern Colorado, where she received her degree in nursing. She began her career in the health field first as a Gray-teen, next as a CNA at Sharmar Nursing Home, then as an RN and charge nurse at University Park Care Center until her disability retirement when she developed Multiple Sclerosis. For almost 50 years, Linda was a member of the former St. Paul United Methodist Church, and was currently a member of the First United Methodist Church of Pueblo. During her teen years, Linda was active in the Order of Rainbow for Girls, where she served as Worthy Advisor, and then was appointed as a Grand Officer of Colorado, and received the Grand Cross of Colors. Linda leaves to celebrate her life her mother, Gold Maxine Drake; her beloved son, Paul J. Toth and his wife, Laura M. Toth; and two precious grandchildren, Koty Toth and B. Kirby Lynne Toth, all of the family home, as well as her brother, Dr. Dennis A. Drake and his wife, Janice Silvers Drake, of Westfield, Mass. She is also survived by two aunts, Eva Drake of Pueblo and Lillian Glaze of Lakewood, CO and numerous cousins. She will also be greatly missed by her constant companions, her little dog, Frito, and her Cockatiel, Rocky Avalanche. Despite her progressive disability, Linda maintained a cheerful attitude, and a splendid camaraderie with the many Nurses and Aides who cared for her during her long illness. Linda and her entire family are eternally grateful for the wonderful care she has received from so many kind souls over the years - doctors, nurses, therapists, and aides - too many to call by name, including most recently the dear friends at Complete Home Health Care. To all of them we say 'Thank you so much, and may God bless each and every one of you.' At Linda's request there will be cremation with no viewing or services. In lieu of food and flowers, memorials may be sent to the Pueblo Animal Shelter, the Spay and Neuter Clinic, or to the St. Paul Memorial Fund c/o Wesley United Methodist Church. Online condolences, MontgomerySteward.com

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  1. Dearest Maxine, Paul and Laura,
    Please accept our sincere sympathy at this the saddest of times. It was such a shock to read of Linda’s passing. The only comfort is knowing that her suffering is over and she’s now in the hands of the Lord. Our prayers and loving thoughts are with you.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Dave and Marilyn Kristan

  2. Laura, Paul, Koty, & Kirby: We were so sorry to hear of your loss. May the Lord Bless you and keep you in your time of need. All our Love, Shari Michelle and Brittany

  3. The Bartek and Morton Families wishes to express thier deepest condolonces and sympathies to the recent loss of your mother, and grandmother. To all friends and family members you are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

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