June 19, 1919 - Nov. 8, 2011

A celebration of life gathering will be held for Olive Drahos, 92, of Coos Bay, at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at Ocean Ridge Assisted Living, 1855 S.E. Ocean Blvd. in Coos Bay. Private cremation rites were held at Ocean View Memory Gardens in Coos Bay.

Olive was born June 19, 1919, in Highland Park, Los Angeles, Calif., to Edolph C. Reslock and Jennie I. (Halvorson) Reslock. She passed away Nov. 8, 2011, in Coos Bay due to age-related causes.

Olive was a graduate of San Fernando Valley High School and a graduate of Orange County Nursing as a registered nurse. She married the love of her life, Franklin Russell Drahos, Oct.17, 1941, after a six-week courtship. They celebrated 66 years of marriage prior to his passing in 2008.

Olive worked at Alhambra General Hospital until 1956 in all areas including the ER and surgery. She was the director of nursing at Larkellen Hospital from 1956 through 1962. She worked for Dr. Walter Baro from 1962 until her retirement in 1967, at which time Olive and her family moved to Ventura, Calif. In 1980 she and Franklin moved to Coos Bay to be closer to family.

Olive and Franklin traveled to China, Japan, Europe, South America, Canada and throughout the United States. She was active in Phi Epsilon Phi Sorority, Republican Women, Coos County Republican Party, Young America's Foundation and was a member of National Parliamentarians. She enjoyed spending time with family, doing handwork and playing cards. She will be greatly missed by all of her family and friends.

Olive is survived by her daughter, D. Jennifer Shank and her husband ,John of Coos Bay; son, John Drahos and his wife, Liv of Coos Bay; granddaughter, Mary K. Shank of Independence; granddaughter, Karen Soll and her husband, Jon of Portland; grandson, Karl Shank and his wife, Angela of Hawaii; grandson, Gary Drahos and his wife, Sonja of Texas; granddaughter, Michelle Nadler and her husband, Wade of Florida; and great-grandchildren, Austin K. Smith, Jake E. Smith, Joey K. Nadler, Olivia Drahos, James Drahos, Cherryl Drahos, John A. Shank, Vanessa Shank, Kassandra Soll and Jaydn Soll.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Jim Drahos Scholarship, c/o CA Maritime Academy, 200 Maritime Academy Drive, Vallejo, CA 94590-8181; or to Young America's Foundation, F.M. Kirby Freedom Ctr, 110 Elden St., Herndon, VA 20170.

Arrangements are under the direction of Coos Bay Chapel, 541-267-3131.

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Just a note to let you know how special and highly regarded Olive was among those of us who were members with her in the Toastmistress organization. Her skill with parlimentary procedure was awesome! I hope she knows how much I have enjoyed the '68 Mustang bought from her/her granddaughter. I have it with me down here in Mesa AZ where the sun and dry air are good to it. I believe Olive got to see it after it was restored and repainted. It gets lots of attention. God Bless the Drahos family

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