Walking On - Josephine Carolyn Warren
Josephine Carolyn Warren
May 1, 1923 – Oct. 13, 2015
Tribal Elder Josephine Carolyn Warren, 92, of Sweet Home passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 13. She was born in Grand Ronde to Joseph H. Copeland and Alvina A. (Parker) Copeland.
Her youth was spent in Grand Ronde, Dolph (Hebo), Tillamook and Sweet Home. She graduated from Sweet Home High School in 1941. She met her future husband, Lyle D. Warren, at a dance in Rickreall, Ore. Josephine and Lyle were married at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Lebanon, Ore., on July 5, 1941. They were married for 73 years until Lyle’s death on Sept. 17, 2014. During their early marriage and Lyle’s World War II service, she lived in Corvallis. After the war and her husband’s graduation from Oregon State College, they lived in Springfield, Coos Bay and Everett before settling in Sweet Home in 1953.
She enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, flying, camping, rock hunting and ATV riding with her husband. She caught many salmon fishing out of Newport aboard her namesake boat “Josephine.” She collected antiques and in her younger years decorated cakes. In her later years, she liked to read, play Scrabble and put together jigsaw puzzles. Over the years she enjoyed her many dogs and also her last companion, Daisy Cat. Most of all she enjoyed her family. Each year she held a Thanksgiving dinner where everyone in the family and their friends were welcomed. She also hosted large family gatherings on Christmas, May Day, her anniversary and Lyle’s birthday.
Josphine was a proud member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. She was an original member of St. Helen’s Catholic Church in Sweet Home.
Josephine was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle; father and mother, Joseph and Alvina; sister, Veronica Mollenhour; and two grandsons, Anthony and Andrew Harry.
She is survived by her children, Martha (Glen) Jones, Michael (Nancy) Warren, Jo Beth (Phil) Harry, Jeffrey (Irene) Warren, Anthony (Laura) Warren, Matthew (Candy) Warren and Angela (Dale) Thoma; sister, Teresa Mausen; 31 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, 24 great-great-grandchildren and one great-great-great-grandchild. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
The family extends their gratitude to Albany Samaritan Hospital and Visiting Angels, especially Rosemary and Ann, for the care Josephine received.
Viewing was held Friday, Oct. 16, at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel. A Rosary followed. Funeral Mass was held Saturday, Oct. 17, at St. Helen’s Catholic Church followed by a reception in the church hall. Burial followed at Gilliland Cemetery.
Sweet Home Funeral Chapel handled the arrangements.