Mary Catherine Warren
Born: July 3, 1938 in Quincy, IL
Died: August 18, 2021 in Princeton, IL
PRINCETON – Mary Catherine Warren, 83, of Princeton, IL passed away on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at Aperion Care in Princeton.
Mary was born on July 3, 1938 in Quincy, IL to the late Willie and Audry (Peterson) Wear. She graduated from Mt. Sterling High School, Class of 1956. She obtained her bachelor's degree for teaching at Western Illinois University. She started her career at 19 at Sparland High School on a provisional certification after only 2 years of college. She worked at Roseville High School, in Roseville, IL. Then, she worked for Putnam County in 1966, teaching English and minored in library science, retiring after 27 years of service. She was instrumental in putting speech back into the curriculum.
She was married to the late Merle Seckler, who passed away many years ago. She remarried Charles "Ray" Warren, October 24, 2008 in Henry County. They lived in Bureau, until moving to Spring Valley and in 2017 they moved back to Princeton, IL.
Mary and Ray put together a company in Spring Valley "The Doctors of Doll-Ology." They would travel around and do repairs to dolls, sell and repair doll clothing, and accessories, hitting local vendor shows as well. Repairing antique dolls was a specialty of theirs. he and Ray enjoyed camping in their travel camper and would spend the winters in Arkansas or Texas.
She is survived by her husband of 12 years, Ray Warren of Princeton, IL; one sister, Ruth (Roy) Baker of Quincy, IL; one brother Earl (Catherine) Wear of Moline, IL; and four stepchildren, Stephen Warren, Connie Hoffman, Denise Grundman and Anthony Warren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Audry Wear; two sisters, Norma Huff and Lila Kerr; and her first husband, Merle Seckler.
A visitation will be held on Monday, August 30, 2021 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Norberg Memorial Home, Inc. & Monuments. Services will follow at Norberg Memorial Home, Inc. & Monuments at 11 a.m., officiated by Pastor Bill Petersen, followed by graveside services at Greenwood Cemetery, Bureau, IL.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to The Seatonville Community Church or donor's choice.
Online condolences and memorials may be directed to www.norbergfh.com
Arrangements by Norberg Memorial Home, Inc. & Monuments.
Published by Bureau County Republican from Aug. 23 to Aug. 25, 2021.