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Gloria C. Warren

1924-2014 Gloria C. Warren, wife of the late Vernon L. Warren, died on Tuesday, April 8. Born August 11, 1924 in Canaan, N.Y., she was the daughter of William C. and Helen Asher Cushman. The family moved to Pittsfield when her father was transferred with General Electric; she graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1942. She was a graduate of the Barbizon School for Fashion and Photographic Models in New York City where she was registered with the Harry Conover Modeling Agency. She worked for fashion houses, was employed by several Fifth Avenue stores on their runways and by fashion photographers. Her photos appeared in many then popular fashion magazines including Womens Wear Daily. She married Vernon ("Pete"), a member of the US Marine Corp, First Division, who was in the States for R&R recovering from wounds suffered at Guadalcanal. They moved to Portsmouth, N.H. where he was stationed awaiting orders to return to his Division in the South Pacific. At the end of World War II he asked that she make their home base Lanesboro; she reluctantly agreed when he built her dream home. She continued between Lanesboro and Brooklyn, N.Y., for several years. In Lanesboro she learned to cook and became known for her extraordinary gardens. In New York she loved the theatre; in Lanesboro the drive-in. In New York she wore designer hats and suits; in Lanesboro "dungarees;" she delighted in both. In New York she rode trains, and horses in Central Park; in Lanesboro she learned to drive in her mid-thirties. She became an accomplished seamstress and was frequently seen on ladders wallpapering and painting her home, both inside and out. Her talents were many, her determination formidable. She was later employed by Union Federal Savings Bank in Pittsfield as a teller and then savings counselor and retired from COMFED Savings Bank in 1988. While working in banking, she took courses with the American Institute of Banking. After her husband's death in 1984 she began classes at BCC including art and became quite an accomplished artist in oils, exhibiting at the Becket Art Center's members art show each summer. In 1999 she sold her home after completely redecorating it so it would "show well," moved to Salisbury Estates in Pittsfield and began traveling extensively. She was secretary of Hands Across the Generation Gap the last three years of its existence, volunteered in the Berkshire Museum's gift shop, was a docent at Arrowhead and a volunteer in the gift shop at Hillcrest. She was with the first group to have membership with the Berkshire Institute for Lifetime Learning. On March 18 she said, "I've led a wonderful life and am ready for the next phase, whatever that may be." We, her family, wish her Godspeed. She is survived by daughters Leslie J. Warren of Pittsfield, Victoria E. and husband John Healy of Monson, grandchildren and the joy of her life Andrew and Timothy both of Monson, Jason and wife Bethany of Westfield, and Joshua Healy of Springfield as well as three great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Kathryn B. Warren and Kathryn's best friend and long-time companion Frances Davidson of Point Richmond, California along with many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband in May 1984, parents and younger sister June Wagenknecht and husband Ray of Fort Worth Texas. She was also predeceased by several of her husband's very special sisters and brothers and their spouses and several nieces and nephews. At Gloria's written instructions there will be no calling hours; services and burial at Flatbrook Cemetery in Canaan, New York will be private. She was a member of St. Mark's Church and requested that Father Salatino conduct a service for her family at WELLINGTON FUNERAL HOME, 220 East St., Pittsfield, MA 01201, who is handling arrangements. We wish to offer heartfelt thanks to the staff at Hillcrest Commons where she had resided since November. She often told us, "They've very good to me here." We also thank them for their concern not only for Gloria but for us as well


Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Apr. 15, 2014
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