Ms Drew worked until 1969, then quit to raise her family. In the mid-1980s, she began working at the Cantalician Center for Learning in Depew, teaching preschool and kindergarten children.
“It was his joy,” said John Drew. “The friends she made there were amazing. Her students and their parents loved her and some of them came to our house to visit her throughout the year.”
Ms Drew often invited her children and other young people to her class to help her and interact with her students with special needs, her son said. “She loved to bring people there,” John Drew said.
“A lot of my old toys and my sisters’ old toys, she brought them to her class as well,” he said.
Illness forced Ms. Drew to retire in the mid-1990s, but she never stopped being a teacher. “When my sister had twins and then my kids, she taught them,” her son said. “Whenever there was a child, she would sit him down and start reading.”
Mrs. Drew, an avid gardener, loved flowers, worked in the garden, traveled with family and friends, and drove long journeys with her husband.
Besides her son and her husband of 58 years, Mrs. Drew is survived by two daughters, Laurie Ann Drew and Michelle Battaglia; and six grandchildren.