Mary Alice Warren was born Aug. 15, 1921, the youngest, and last surviving of the eight children of T.E. and Myrtie Lee Cooper of Waco. She passed away Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, in Tyler at the age of 91. She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Ervin Warren, and is survived by their three children, Ken Warren and his wife Jaime of Tyler, Bob Warren and his wife Linda of Westcliffe, Colo., and daughter, Cathy Warren of Arlington; four grandchildren, Dr. Alison Considine and her husband Liam of Cheshire, Conn., Mark Warren and his wife San San Chow of Seattle, Wash., and Scott and David Green of Westcliffe, Colo.; and two great-grandchildren, Timmy and Maggie Considine of Cheshire, Conn.
Mary Alice, also lovingly known most of her life as Fiery, served as a nurse in the U.S. Army during World War II, achieving the rank of first lieutenant in the European Theater of Operations on assignment in England and France. Upon returning home to Waco after the war, to her then-new husband, and subsequently their three children, she served for a short time as registered nurse at Hillcrest Hospital, but found her true calling as school nurse for the Waco Independent School District in 1958. She served in that role until retirement.
Mary Alice was a charter member of Calvary Baptist Church in Waco, and continued to be a near-lifetime member of Calvary even after moving to Tyler several years ago.
Friends and extended family are encouraged to join the immediate family for a graveside service on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at 11 a.m. in Oakwood Cemetery in Waco under direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home of Tyler with Dr. Randy Lofgren of Baylor University presiding.
Before her death, Mary Alice expressed a desire that no flowers be sent in her memory, but that those who might wish to honor her memory consider doing so in the form of a memorial gift to The Hospice of East Texas Foundation, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, 75701; or to Calvary Baptist Church of Waco, 1001 N. 18th A St., Waco, 76707.
Those who are unable to join the family for the service in Waco are encouraged to share notes and memories on the Tribute Wall for Mary Alice Warren at www.stewartfamilyfuneral.com.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Nov. 16, 2012