On September 23, 2022, the Drake University community was devastated to learn of the sudden passing of Gabbie Jonas Drake, a beloved student and member of the university’s volleyball team. Gabbie was a shining star on campus, known for her infectious smile, kind heart, and unwavering dedication to her teammates and coaches. Also, her passing shocked all who knew her and left a void they would never fill.
Early Life and Education
Gabbie Jonas Drake was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on March 3, 2000. She grew up in a loving family and was the youngest of four siblings. From a young age, Gabbie was passionate about sports, particularly volleyball. Also, she played on various club teams and stood out in high school, earning multiple accolades and leading her team to state championships.
In the fall of 2018, Gabbie began her college career at Drake University, where she pursued a degree in health sciences. She quickly made a name for herself on the volleyball court, earning a spot on the starting lineup and helping her team win multiple matches. Her talent, work ethic, and leadership qualities made her a role model for her teammates and a beloved member of the Drake community.
Impact on Drake University
Gabbie’s impact on Drake University extended far beyond the volleyball court. She was a vibrant and energetic presence on campus, always willing to lend a helping hand or offer a kind word to anyone who needed it. Her infectious personality and positive attitude made her a beloved figure among her peers and faculty.
Gabbie was involved in various student organizations, including the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She also volunteered with local charities and participated in community service projects, demonstrating her commitment to making the world a better place.
Her passing has significantly impacted the Drake community, with many students, faculty members, and staff mourn the loss of a remarkable young woman.
Tributes and Memorials
Following Gabbie’s passing, the Drake community honored her life and legacy. Students, faculty members, and friends held a candlelight vigil on the university’s campus, where they shared stories and memories of Gabbie’s impact on their lives. The university also announced plans to establish a memorial scholarship in Gabbie’s name, which will be awarded annually to a student-athlete who embodies Gabbie’s spirit and dedication to excellence.
The Drake volleyball team also paid tribute to Gabbie by dedicating their season to her memory. Also, the team wore patches with Gabbie’s initials on their uniforms and held a moment of silence before each game in her honor. Someone adorned Gabbie’s locker in the team’s locker room with flowers and mementos, reminding her teammates and coaches of her impact.
The passing of Gabbie Jonas Drake has left a void in the hearts of all who knew her. He will never forget her infectious smile, kind heart, and unwavering dedication to her teammates and coaches. The Drake University community will never forget Gabbie as a shining star who embodied the university’s values of excellence, leadership, and service.
As we remember Gabbie’s life and legacy, let us take inspiration from her example and strive to improve the world. Let us be kind, compassionate, and dedicated to excellence in all that we do. And let us always hold Gabbie’s memory close to our hearts as a reminder of one person’s impact on the world.