Valerie Warren was born in Holly Bluff, Mississippi to the union of Samuel and Louisa Vaughn. The family moved to Columbus, Ohio in 1936. She was raised on the Hilltop and attended Columbus Public Schools.
A graduate of City Hospital School of Nursing (currently Metro Health Hospital) in Cleveland, Ohio, Valerie became a registered nurse and practiced for over 40 years in hospitals throughout Columbus, touching many lives. She was a trailblazer, hired as the first African American nurse at Grant Hospital, and the first African American administrator at Mount Carmel Hospital. Later, Valerie attended Park College where she received a Bachelor’s of Science degree. Upon retiring from nursing, Valerie worked at LifeCare Alliance.
Valerie professed Christ at an early age. She was a long-standing member of Hilltop United Methodist Church where she served in various capacities. Valerie was united in holy matrimony to the late Henry Warren, her devoted husband of 46 years. This union was blessed with three children, Henry, Karen Sue and Kathy.
On January 1, 2020, Valerie was called home to be with the Lord. She was preceded in death by her husband Henry Warren; mother Louisa Vaughn; father Samuel Vaughn; grandmother Mary H, Johnson; father-in-law David Warren; mother-in-law Georgia Warren; nephews William Champ and James McCollum; and granddaughter Charmaine Clark.
She leaves to celebrate her life, three children: Henry M. Warren (Belinda), Dr. Karen Sue Jewell, and Kathy Warren; grandchildren: Dr. SiSi Hester Clarke, M.D. (Anthony), Curtis T. Jewell, II, Lynn Huckleby, Gregory Collins, Dr. Kellie Warren (Onesimus Strachan), Henry M. Warren, Jr. (Candace), Rolonda Warren, Christina Jeffery (Edreil), Jerica Richardson, Nefertiti Mullins, Kahmali Cole (Prother), Jelani Mullins (Tina) and Juan Mullins; niece, Joyce Beavers; family friend, Gregory Jackson; great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and a host of other family members and friends.
Family will receive friends Thursday, January 9, 2020 from 5:00 pm until time of service at 6:00 pm at Hilltop United Methodist Church, 99 S Highland Ave, Columbus, OH 43223. Interment Friday, January 10, 2020, 9:30 am at Green Lawn Cemetery.
Arrangements by WHITE’S FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 867 S. JAMES ROAD, COLS, OH 43227, BENJAMIN F. “BENNY” WHITE, JR, FUNERAL DIRECTOR, (614)947-1123, whitesfh867.com.
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