Deloras Warren

WILBERFORCE — Deloras Lee Warren, 93, of Wilberforce, Ohio, died April 20, 2014, at Green Oaks Nursing Facility after an extended illness. She was born July 1, 1920 in Marian, Indiana, the daughter of the late Willis Alfred and Ina Wallace Lee. In 1925 the family moved to Mansfield, Ohio and Deloras considered that city her hometown. She was a member of First Lutheran Church, Xenia, Ohio, for 50 years. She worked hard in virtually all activities of her church, and enjoyed warm association and friendship with her fellow church members. She was also a long-standing member of the Wilberforce Chapter of Links, Inc. She was a graduate of Mansfield Senior High School, an alumnus of Ashland University, and a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Central State University. Her employment history included working for the United States Department of Defense and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development after the 1974 Xenia tornado to assist displaced victims of the catastrophe. She also worked as a Deputy Jury Commissioner for Greene County, Ohio. She retired as an elementary school teacher from the Beavercreek School System where she served as a teacher at Main Elementary for twelve years. Deloras was a person of great integrity, morality, energy, generosity and compassion. She interacted well with people irrespective of economic class, social standing or ethnicity. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Harold Johnston Warren Jr., a daughter, Janice Gairy and her husband, John Gairy of Xenia, Ohio, and two sons, Harold J. Warren (Pancho) of Dayton, Ohio, and Lee Alden Warren (Tico), of Memphis, Tennessee. Other survivors include sister-in-law Yvonne Brown of Cincinnati, seven grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and dearly beloved nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, and one brother. Visitation will be held at the Historic Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum, 118 Woodland Avenue, Dayton, Ohio, 2:00 until 3:30 pm Friday, April 25, 2014. A brief service will follow visitation. A celebration of life memorial will be held at the First Lutheran Church, 287 West Main Street, Xenia, Ohio from 5 pm until 7 pm. If desired, the family requests that all contributions in Deloras' memory be sent to the Greene County Council on Aging or 140 Rogers Street, Xenia, Ohio 45384, or the Ina Lee Missionary Society, Mitchell Chapel AME Church, 182 Adams Street, Mansfield, Ohio 44902. Condolences to the family may be made at

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Published in Xenia Daily Gazette from Apr. 22 to Apr. 23, 2014