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WARREN, Marie Bazemore Mrs. Marie Bazemore Warren, age 94, passed away on Saturday, the 19th of July 2014. Her remains will be cremated and buried alongside her husband of 63 years, Wesley B. Warren, who preceded her in death in 2004. Mrs. Warren was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James David Bazemore of College Park, sister of Mrs. Frances Wells, Mrs. Dorothy Stith and brother, David Bazemore (wife Juanita) all deceased. Mrs. Warren received a scholarship to LaGrange College where she was a member of Alpha Phi Beta sorority. As an artist, she was a member of the "Young Women of the Arts" organization in Atlanta. At the age of 24 she was named a director of Atlanta's prestigious "Woman of the Year" board of directors. As a freelance writer her articles were frequently published in the Atlanta Journal magazine section and the women's news and society sections. As President of the College Park Service League in 1942, she was responsible for personally developing and realizing the idea of bringing Bing Crosby and Bob Hope to the Capitol City Club in Brookhaven for a charity golf match to benefit the American Red Cross as well as successful auction of World War II bonds. For the last 50 years she has been known as a beloved and outstanding Interior Designer. In 1994 she was inducted into The Atlanta Decorative Arts coveted "Hall of Fame". Her design work has been shown in regional and national magazines. She participated as a designer in the very first Atlanta Show House sponsored by the Atlanta Junior Symphony. She was also selected by the High Museum of Art to create a tribute to Vincent Van Gogh for their antique show. She had exclusive representation of the internationally known post-impressionist artist, Robert Mendoze, of the South of France, for many years and had placed his work in many homes in Atlanta and nationally. She also was responsible for bringing many important oil paintings over from England for exclusive annual showings for her clients. Her client relationships evolved into close and enduring friendships. In 2006 her son, Mark, wrote "She has taken artistic inspiration from her clients for her design choices; they reciprocated taking inspiration from her committed will to serve. Her legacy continued as she worked with client's children and grandchildren. I understand their reluctance to lose that relationship as she had become part of their families". At the age of 86 she was asked to design the new Patron's Room at the state of Alabama's Archives Building in Montgomery that was endowed by the late Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Hale as a special tribute to Mr. Hale's father, Ernest E. Hale. She invited her former assistant, Tim Revis, to rejoin her in the project: which culminated in a setting that still receives accolades and complimentary reviews from legislators and other dignitary visitors who use the room (according to Dr. Ed Bridges, Director of Archives). She had a small intimate gallery in her offices at A. D. A. C. West for many years which became a place where friends, clients and other designers would drop by for a chat and inspiration. She continued to design for friends and their children through her 93rd birthday. Marie Warren was a member of the United Methodist Church. Surviving are her two sons, Wesley B. Warren, Jr., of Hilton Head (wife, Judith) and Mark B. Warren of Dahlonega, two granddaughters, Ashley Warren Jordaan of Denver, Colorado and Lara Warren Albert of Savannah, eight great grandchildren, The Jordaan children: Caroline, Richter, Marie, Anna and Hendrik. The Albert children: Wilkes, Sadie, and Charlie, two grandsons-in-law, Hendrik Jordaan and Andrew Albert, her granddaughters' mother, Carolyn Wilkes Warren, and beloved nieces, nephews and many friends. Throughout her life her first priorities were always her husband, two sons, family members, and friends. Memorial services celebrating the Life of Marie Bazemore Warren will be held Wednesday, the 23rd of July at two o'clock at Northside United Methodist Church with Dr. G. Gil Watson officiating. Following the service all are invited to a reception and time of fellowship with the family. In lieu of flowers, friends may make a contribution in honor of her great grandchild, Sadie Albert to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, Bldg. 6, Suite 300, 3525 Piedmont Road, Atlanta, GA 30305.


Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on July 22, 2014
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