Comedian Drew Carey's Mother Dies At 79

CLEVELAND (AP) - The mother of comedian Drew Carey died at a Cleveland hospice. Beulah Collingwood was 79.

She died Friday at the Hospice of the Western Reserve in Cleveland. Carey attended a private service that was held Monday at Brooklyn Presbyterian Church in Cleveland, his publicist Christina Papadopoulos said Thursday. Collingwood served as a deacon and sang in the choir at the church.

Papadopoulos said Carey has no public comment on his mother's death. She said the family is grieving privately.

Lewis Carey, her first husband, died in 1966 after 22 years of marriage. Her funeral was held on their wedding anniversary. She married her second husband, George Collingwood, in 1984. He died in 1995.

For several years, Collingwood was an office worker for the Cleveland schools at Waverly Elementary School.

She held a variety of jobs as a single mother, supporting her sons, Drew, Neal and Roger, after the death of their father. She was a keypunch operator for Bearings Inc., a receptionist and secretary for the Memphis Music Center and a check processor for the Federal Reserve Bank, all in Cleveland. At one time, she worked in the packaging department of American Greetings.

In addition to her three sons, Collingwood is survived by four grandchildren, a sister and a brother.

At Brooklyn Presbyterian Church, she was active "in all church activities as long as her health permitted," said church clerk Harriet Hanks. "Even when she wasn't able to be there, she kept in touch with members and what was going on. She was always interested in other people."

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