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Jennifer Drake spacee Jennifer Drake

Jennifer Drake, a longtime Belvedere resident, died March 11 at her Belvedere home. She was just weeks shy of her 50th birthday.

Born in Portland, Ore., to Mitchell G. Drake and Mary Barnum Drake, Ms. Drake first moved to Belvedere with her mother and siblings in 1977. She graduated from Del Mar Middle School and went on to Redwood High School, where she graduated in 1981. She attended Arizona State University but earned her bachelor's from San Francisco State University.

Over the years, Ms. Drake had lived in different communities for periods of time, including Sun Valley, Idaho, but had lived in her Belvedere apartment for the past 17 years. She also spent many weeks each year at her condominium in Princeville, Hawaii, which she had painstakingly decorated herself. Because of her attention to detail and her energetic nature, friends and family called her "the Jenerator."

She became certified as a personal trainer and worked for private clients in San Francisco and Marin County. She was passionate about her work and had a special gift for working with the elderly and those with mobility concerns, said her family. They said she cared deeply for her clients, many of whom she had a longstanding relationship.

Ms. Drake also had a love for animals, especially horses and cats, and closely followed animal-rights issues. She considered writing a book about her cat Otis, a striking ocicat breed, who was quite the adventurer and was well known at shops and restaurants at The Boardwalk Shopping Center and elsewhere in downtown Tiburon.

"Jennifer had a big heart and a sharp sense of humor," said her family. "Sadly, Jenny had to fight a very courageous battle with a deep depression that overshadowed the beautiful, bright and funny person she truly was."

Ms. Drake is survived by her father, Mitchell Drake of Portland; three siblings, Lynn Drake and Betsy Drake of Portland and John Drake of San Francisco; a niece, Lily Burns of Portland; and three nephews, Alex Burns of Tucson, Ariz., and Henri Drake and Remi Drake of San Francisco. Her mother, Mary, and brother Michael predeceased her.

Ms. Drake was buried in Riverview Cemetery in Portland. A celebration of her life will be held May 31 in Belvedere. For details, call John Drake at 509-2999.

Donations in her memory may be made to the "Return to Freedom AWHPC Fund" care of the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, P.O. Box 1048, Hillsborough, NC 27278; or made online at wildhorsepreservation.org under the "Donate" tab.

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