Drena F. McCurdy

September 09, 1945 ‒ September 10, 2017

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON:  For Drena McCurdy pageant crowns were not made of rhinestones or glitter, they were made of discipline, determination, scholarship, and a hard-to-find alloy called courage. As the 30-year director of the Miss Lexington Pageant, she invested in girls with dreams to become women with vision – and a future. Drena used pageants to teach the exact same skills that sports do: goal-setting, “can-do” attitude, and performance under pressure – all while wearing much better shoes!

Drena F. McCurdy passed away Sunday, September 10, 2017.  She was 72.

She was born September 9, 1945 in Massillon, the daughter of Ernest and Rose Mary (Bell) Sarianides and was graduated from Massillon Washington High School in 1963.

On January 1, 1981 she married James E. McCurdy and together they have celebrated over 36 years of marriage.

Drena owned and operated her own formal clothing store, Theresa-Ann’s Bridal and Fine Clothing for over 25 years.  A long-time resident of Lexington she was a member of Resurrection Parish.

Pageants were Drena’s passion as she dedicated much of her time and talents shaping young women not only as the Director of Miss Lexington, but also served on the Board of Directors for the Miss Ohio Pageant over 25 years and the Miss Ohio Outstanding Teen Pageant.

A big supporter of Lexington sports, Drena loved watching her granddaughters in golf, and was a huge fan of Indiana University, where her granddaughter attended.  She also enjoyed Lexington Basketball, seen every home game in her reserved seats, the kids looked for her in the stands to know she was cheering them on.  Drena followed all basketball including NBA and her favorite college teams, especially during March Madness.

Kind, caring and generous, Drena was also persistent and passionate about that which was important to her.  Tasks were not done just good enough… they were accomplished with zeal and perfection.

Most importantly, Drena was the pillar of bravery and tenacity to her family.  She devoted much of her time just being with them hanging around the house or shopping with the girls.  Her legacy will be one of love and compassion…with a touch of bossiness.

She is survived by her devoted husband Jim McCurdy of Lexington, her daughter Stephanie and Michael Jedra of Lexington; two granddaughters Theresa-Ann Jedra and Isabelle Jedra both of Lexington, sister Lynda Phillips of Mansfield, Mary Sarianides of New Port Richey, FL, a brother Joseph and Angie Sarianides of  Accorth, GA; and a sister-in-law Vicky and Skene Bair of Greensburg, PA, an adopted daughter Brittany and Omar Garcia of Surprise, AZ, along with many nieces, nephews and extended family.

In addition to her parents, Drena was preceded in death by her daughter Theresa Ann Wagner in 1992, a sister Margaret Sarianides, and a brother-in-law John Phillips.

Friends may call Friday, September 15, 2017 from 2-8 pm in the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where the funeral service will be held Saturday at 11 am.  Friends may call the hour prior to the funeral.  The Rev. Father Nelson Beaver will officiate and burial will follow in Lexington Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to the ALS Association in honor of Drena’s niece Beth Ann Popa Castelvetere may be made through the funeral home.

The Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Drena McCurdy and condolences to them may be made by visiting:www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • To Drena”s family, May God comfort all of you at this time. I remember when we would have coffee or tea at her mom’s house, when we were all young, and enjoyed just sitting and talking to everyone. Time goes by so quickly and I am glad that I got to know her and see the her girls grow up. May God Bless all of you, Paul & Katy Wehinger

  • Jim and Drena visited me in Payson, AZ on their drive to and from Surprise, AZ where Drena would spend the winter months with Brittany. They didn’t have to do that, stop and see me. But they did. And we had a great time at the Chinese buffet there, catching-up on things in Ohio. Drena was (and always will be) full of love, and dearly loved by those of us that knew her. I am not sad for her, but for all of us left that already miss her. I am grateful for having known her; my life is better because of our friendship.

  • What a Beautiful Lady inside & out ! Sending my deepest sympathy to all of you. May the Love you shared keep her alive in your heart’s FOREVER ! Godspeed !
    Jody Schrader Cooper

  • Condolences to the Family.
    Drena was one of a kind lady, she literally saved my life at my darkest moments. She shared her experiences, pain, wisdom, and kindness with me after my son passed away. She invited me into her world, and gave me the strength to go on.
    I will remember and pass on the things she told me, to those in need.
    Hugs and Prayers to her Family!!
    Rest in Peace forever friend!

  • Deepest Condolences to James McCurdy & Stephanie & Michael Jedra & Family.
    Prayers for you all at this difficult time.
    Her journey is complete, God Bless you All!

  • Deepest Condolences to James McCurdy & Stephanie & Michael Jedra & Family.
    Prayers for you all at this difficult time.
    Her journey is complete, God Bless you All!

  • Dear Jim and Stephanie, Rex and I are so sorry to hear about Drena, please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers and that we wish more than anything that we could be with you right now. Jim, Rex is heartbroken for you. We love you and we will try to see you soon. With all of our love to you at this time. Drena you have gone to Heaven but we will all see you again. Give our love to Treresa I know that you are holding her tight right this minute.

  • Jim, Stephanie, Mike and Family,
    I am sorry to hear of your loss and a loss to many. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    God Bless

  • Jim, Stef and Family
    Sorry to hear of Drena passing. Ive stopped by to see Threasa often as i pass thru to go to see whitney in Columbus, my heart is saddened with her passing. At times i’d stop to see her at the dress shop to gab quickly before going home to canton.
    I treasure our youthful times baby sitting the girls and just going thru life.
    Peace be with you all and may God bless you.

  • So sorry to hear of your mom passing, Drena was a Jem… from helping with Tux for my boys at prom to helping me finding dresses for my pageant days,always smile on her face.Never forgetting a face. She will be truly missed

  • The world will not be same without Drena. She lived life to the fullest and loved her family deeply. Our deepest sympathy to Jimmy, Stephanie, Mike, Theresa-Ann and Isabelle. Much love, Ben, Connie, Nick, Matthew and Olivia

  • In the simplest words possible – because I knew you I have been changed for good……25 plus years of the most joyous highs and the saddest lows…..sincerest sympathies to Jimmy, Stephanie, Mike, Theresa-Ann and Isabella

  • To Jimmy, Stephanie, Mike, Theresa-Ann, Isabelle and extended Family,
    Sorry for the loss of Drena. Our hearts are heavy here in Massillon. It is still a shock to all of us here.

    Aunt Katie, Uncle Earl,
    Mike, Michelle, and
    Megan Boswell

  • Stephanie, Mike, Theresa-Ann, and Isabelle,

    Drena was one of those people that whenever you saw her and she said your name to greet you it just automatically made your day better ! She had a quick wit and a laugh that made the world a better place. Of course, you never had to doubt her love for her four girls. I always enjoyed her sharing about her family. When
    our daughter was getting married, Drena helped us order the flower girl dress Nicole had found in a magazine. When I went to pick it up , it was much cheaper than what Drena had told me. Drena said with a wink and a laugh tell Nicole that I gave her the “Lexington discount ” ! That was typical Drena spreading happiness in her own way !

    She will be missed ! Hold tight to your beautiful memories and a legacy of love for her family that she has given you to cherish forever !

    Shirley and Joe Nasipak

  • To Jim and the Jedra Family

    I am truly heartbroken to find out about Drena’s passing. For 25 years she has been an example of grace, love and compassion even through the toughest of times. I am truly blessed to have known her and thankful she has shared her life with me.
    My deepest sympathy to all of you.

  • Jim, Family, Friends & Loved Ones:

    Our most sincere sympathies to Jim & the entire family during this very difficult time. Please know that you, your family & friends are in our thoughts & prayers.

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