Lois Irene "Pat" Warren, 86, of Tiffin, passed away Sunday evening, June 8, 2014, at her home, surrounded by family.
She was born April 17, 1928, in Durham, North Carolina, to Harold and Margaret (Riley) Deaton. When she was 2 years old, after the death of her father, Pat and her siblings entered the National Orphan's Home, Jr. O.U.A M., Tiffin. Her mother, Margaret, worked as a matron at the home to be close to her children. Prior to the closing of the Jr. Home in Tiffin, Pat was in one of the first groups of children to transfer to the Junior Orphan's Home in Lexington, North Carolina. She graduated from there in 1945. Pat was valedictorian of her class. She married the love of her life, Wallace Warren, Sept. 18, 1948. Wallace also was a "homekid." He passed away in 1998 shortly before what would have been their 50th wedding anniversary.
She worked as the assistant director veterans benefits counselor for Seneca County for more than 30 years. She took great pride in assisting local veterans and their families. She was active in Jr. Home activities and was a past secretary of the alumni association. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and sewing. She loved being surrounded by family and attending family activities. She was devoted to her family, but also to her homekid brothers and sisters. Pat was a strong person and was well respected. She was a lovely lady who will be deeply missed.
Survivors include three sons, John Warren, James (Stephanie Hepp) Warren and Daniel Warren, all of Tiffin; three daughters, Wanda (John) Friesinger of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Teresa (Al) Copp and Laura Warren, both of Tiffin; a sister, Elsie Assenheimer of Huron; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Harold and John Deaton; and a sister, Margaret Birch.
Her funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, June 13, 2014, at Ohio Memorial Chapel, Tiffin Developmental Center campus, with the Rev. Aaron Gerlach officiating. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery, Tiffin.
Friends may visit and share stories with the family from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Hoffmann-Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home & Crematory, 236 S. Washington St., Tiffin, OH 44883, (419) 447-2424.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Jr. Home Alumni Association of Tiffin Fund of the Tiffin Charitable Foundation, 68 S. Washington St., Tiffin, OH 44883, Bridge Hospice or a local veterans' organization.
Condolences may be sent and the guestbook signed at www.hgmackfuneralhome.com.