PRINCETON — Colleagues and friends of area leader and former teacher took time Friday to remember the enthusiasm she brought to everything she did for the community.

Martha Lynn Campbell Draper, 58, of Princeton will be remembered today at a 1 p.m. service at the George W. Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11 a.m. to the time of the service.

Draper, who passed away Nov. 18 at Princeton Community Hospital, was a 1971 graduate of Concord College. She had a 26-year teaching career that included positions with the Concord College Child Development Center, Athens Elementary School, Cherry River Elementary School in Richwood, Lashmeet Elementary School and Mercer Elementary School. She was named Mercer County Language Arts Teacher of the Year in 1992.

“She was always enthusiastic and well-liked by the parents and by her students,” said Superintendent Dr. Deborah Akers of Mercer County Schools.

When West Virginia’s Center for Professional Development was opened to offer more career development opportunities for teachers across the state, Draper had a leadership role, Akers said.

“She was not only well known here, but also at the state level with her work in teacher training,” Akers said.

Draper was also a member of the board of the Princeton Public Library, a board member and volunteer at Princeton Community Hospital, and an elder, deacon and Sunday School teacher at Princeton Presbyterian Church. Besides education, she also applied her enthusiasm to public service, said another resident who worked with her in the Princeton area.

“I think she brought a selfless determination to her community,” said Ellen Allen, a member of the PCH Board of Directors who also served with Draper on the Princeton City Council. “And that was exhibited by her dedication to the [hospital] board as well as an elementary school teacher.”

“She was certainly considered by all her colleagues and peers as an excellent teacher,” said Gene Bailey of the Mercer County Board of Education. “I always admired her.”

Draper’s family is asking that contributions be made in her memory to the Volunteers of Princeton Community Hospital, 12th Street, Princeton WV or to the Expansion Program of the Princeton Public Library, 205 Center Street, Princeton, WV.