Priscilla Ann Draper passed away peacefully surrounded by family and her devoted caregivers on June 15, 2023, after her long journey with dementia. She was 83 years old. Priscilla was born on November 6, 1939, in Glendora, California to Audrey and Philip Blake, and was the younger sister of Barbara Oberle who pre-deceased her.
She attended Citrus High School and Community College before transferring to and graduating from the University of Redlands, where she was a member of the Alpha Theta Phi sorority. It was during that time she met the love of her life, Ranney Draper, whom she married in 1961 and moved to Orange County to be closer to the beach. She earned her teaching credential and taught elementary school in the Garden Grove school district for two years. Three children followed and she then devoted herself full time to their care, encouragement and support in their many activities.
Family adventures included numerous camping trips in the Sierras and eventually a cabin in June Lake, followed by a home on the Big Wood River in Sun Valley, Idaho. There she followed her love of gardening, hiking, tennis and fly fishing. Her passion for interior design and antiques led to her establishing Courtyard Antiques in Laguna Beach, one of the happiest chapters of her life. She loved her many dogs as well and always had one or two at her side.
Priscilla was also at Ranney’s side as they became active philanthropists in Orange County and Idaho. She especially enjoyed annually meeting the recipients of the Draper AVID College Scholarships over the last 21 years. She also volunteered for South Coast Hospital, the Friendship Shelter in Laguna Beach, and Sherman Gardens.
But her greatest love was her family. She adored her three children and four grandchildren with an uncommon and unconditional love. She was immensely proud of each of them and celebrated all their goals and accomplishments. Her joy was complete when the family gathered together.
Priscilla had an infectious sense of humor and loved to laugh; indeed, her contagious giggle brought joy to many hearts. She possessed remarkable beauty and poise, and she was respectful and kind to everyone she met throughout her long, eventful life. She remained a humble, down-to-earth person who preferred to stay out of the spotlight.
Priscilla will be deeply missed by her family and all who knew her, but the memory of that bright, loving smile, and feisty, fun, and independent spirit will live on in the hearts of her family and friends forever.
She is survived by her husband, Ranney Draper; three children and their spouses: Ranney Blake Draper (Eric Roinestad), Mark Draper (Heidi), and Kristin Grimm (Klaus); and her grandchildren: Matt Grimm, Owen Grimm, Blake Draper, and Macy Draper.
To honor her memory, love your family and your pets, and take good care of your gardens and flowers, just as Priscilla did.