I'm pretty sure this is not the same lady... but
I knew a Valerie Anne Drake (rare name) in Overland Park, KS (suburb of KC) back in the 70's. Yeah, she was the love of my life, but lost track of her, too. She went to Southern Missionary College (Collegedale, Tenn) in 1974 or so, and is a textile artist - or was. Married for a time to a glass-blower teacher at the Univ. of Kansas, his name was Brejca. I DO KNOW that she lived in Monument, CO (near Colorado Springs) for a time, but that's where I lost track of her, but think she lived in Vista, CA for a while.
Not sure if it helps, but hope so - her Mom's name was Trudy, and was married to a Stanley Drake (deceased).