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Maureen Drake

November 12, 2020

Obituary


Maureen (Silveira) Drake, 67, of Freetown, passed away on November 12, 2020 after
a brief period of declining health. Maureen was the loving wife of Frank Drake for 42 years.
She is also survived by her daughter and best friend, Janine Charbonneau, and her husband
Aaron of Carver and her brother, Randy Silveira, and his wife Katrina of Taunton. Maureen’s
grandchildren, Drake and Hannah, were the light of her life. She was known affectionately as
“Auntie Moe” by the many nieces and nephews she adored and was godmother to Kaylee and
Kendra Silveira and Travis Carvalho, all of Taunton. She leaves behind many other cherished
relatives and friends. Maureen was predeceased by her dear parents, Manuel and Stella
(White) Silveira.
Maureen was born in Taunton on May 31, 1953 and was a graduate of the Taunton High
School class of 1971. She graduated from St. Luke’s nursing school in 1974 and received her
B.S. in Nursing from Salve Regina in 1984. She started her nursing career working in the
operating room at Morton Hospital. In 1990 she received her Master’s degree in Early
Childhood Education from Bridgewater State College. Though she held other prior teaching
positions, she found a true home in the kindergarten and first grade classrooms of Walker
Elementary School from 2001-2010. After the closing of Walker School, she taught at Mulcahey
Elementary School from 2010 until her retirement in 2018, teaching first and second grades.
She was meant to be a teacher and was an advocate for all of her students, many of whom she
kept in contact with long after they left her classroom. She continued to substitute teach and
volunteer at Mulcahey after her retirement as she so adored her Mulcahey “family.” Maureen
was a champion of children’s literacy and was a member of the Southeast Regional Reading
Council (SERRC).
Maureen enjoyed traveling with her family, taking annual trips to Maine (Footbridge
Beach was her favorite), New Hampshire and Florida and she could often be found floating in a
tube in her backyard swimming pool in the summer. Maureen was an avid Red Sox fan and
loved attending games with Frank. Her smile and laugh were contagious and her “bright light”
made an impact on so many. Her generosity was unmatched and she always gave the perfect
gifts. To know her was to love her and she will be so deeply missed.
Calling hours are Friday, November 20th from 4-7pm at the Crapo-Hathaway Funeral
Home, 350 Somerset Avenue, Taunton. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Facial
coverings and social distancing are required inside the funeral home at all times. Due to
COVID-19, the funeral mass and burial are private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Maureen’s
honor may be made to Massachusetts General Hospital https://giving.massgeneral.org/donate/
for cancer research or to the Mulcahey Elementary PTO to purchase books for students in
Maureen’s name. As Maureen had such a passion for and knew the value of reading aloud to
children, you can also honor Maureen by reading to a child.
 


Services

Visitation
Friday
November 20, 2020

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Crapo-Hathaway Funeral Home
350 Somerset Avenue
Taunton, MA 02780

Donations

Massachusetts General Hospital for Cancer Research
Web: https://giving.massgeneral.org/donate/ for cancer research

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