Eunice Warren, beloved wife and mother lived from October 2, 1922, to January 13, 2013. At the end of her life she suffered from Alzheimer's disease.
Eunice was born in Ashland and grew up on a ranch on Emigrant Creek, just outside Ashland. She was the child of pioneer families and took great pride in her roots.
Eunice's elementary school was Neil Creek School. She rode a horse over the butte between Emigrant Creek and Neil Creek every school day until she finished the eighth grade.
She attended Ashland High School and was an enthusiastic participant in its classes and extracurricular activities. Eunice met her husband, Earl at a dance after a football game. They wed June 14, 1942. She and Earl shared a contented, loving marriage, from their wedding day until her death more than 70 years later.
During World War II, Eunice followed Earl around the country from military base to military base. After the war Eunice and Earl lived in the Rogue Valley except for a two-year stint in Arcata, Calif. They raised three sons, all of whom graduated from Medford High School. Eunice also participated in domesticating and bringing up dozens of Labrador Retrievers, a mongrel or two. a pet goat and lamb, and at least one loopy cat.
Eunice enjoyed many activities. She loved to play games; was an avid baseball fan (she was for many years scorekeeper for her son's Little League games); and rarely missed attending the concerts, plays, and sporting events of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She loved playing the piano. She attended the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Rogue Valley Chorale, Community Concerts events, and operas in Portland and San Francisco.
Eunice and Earl drove to and from Montana, to national parks in the Northwest, to Western Canada, and across the United States visiting friends and relatives. They enjoyed two transcontinental flights to Washington D.C. Eunice even made it to England and Scotland for a couple of weeks in 1998.
Eunice enjoyed very few things as much as working in her flowerbeds, planting trees and shrubs, or just sitting in the sun admiring her lawn and garden. Fruit trees, vegetables, and flowers grew in that half-acre garden, including heritage peonies, primroses, and dozens of rose varieties. She always had bouquets in the house. There were finches and sparrows fluttering to and from her bird feeders, doves picking up spilled birdseed, and hummingbirds whizzing around the tubes of sugar syrup outside the kitchen and dining room windows.
High school classmates and other friends of both Eunice and Earl will mourn Eunice, just as she mourned so many whom she outlived. Those grieving for Nanny include, husband, Earl; sons, Dave, Tim and Sean; three daughters-in-law, Judy, Angela, and Sally; eight grandchildren, Emily, Tyler, Kate, Jenny, Rachel, Eric, Mark, and Dave; and five great-grandchildren, Hannah, Dylan, McLean, Canon, and Stella. We miss her. She meant the world to us.
A memorial service for Eunice will be held at 11:00 a.m. February 9, 2013, at Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home and Crematory, 1811 Ashland Street, Ashland. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Eunice's name can be made to the Alzheimer's Association, or any animal welfare or musical organizations, or to a charity of your choice.