Warren, Helen Ethel

Helen Ethel Warren

September 4, 1947 - October 19, 2020

Helen Ethel Warren passed away October 19, 2020 at the age of 73 in McKinney, Texas. Helen was born on September 4, 1947 to Kenneth and Emma Warren in Mobile, AL. She is preceded in death by her parents. 

Helen grew up in Wichita Falls, TX where she graduated from Wichita Falls High School. She went on to attend The University of North Texas. After graduation, she began teaching in Wichita Falls. She would then move to McKinney, TX where she enjoyed the majority of her career. Helen taught kindergarten for many years and later taught 5th-6th grade. With encouragement of colleagues and family, she later returned to school to complete her Masters of Education in Administration and Counseling. Helen retired in 2007 while serving as the Guidance Counselor at Glen Oaks Elementary School. She truly loved every student she ever taught.  Helen also remembered each of student's names, even to this day! 

After the birth of her first grandchild, Helen decided to retire. She was so excited the day her granddaughter was born. Everyone can still see her running down the hallway to get into the room to see her. The bond between her and her granddaughter was very special. From her granddaughter, she earned the name Moe. Her grandson was born a few years later and he soon became her instant comic relief. The two of them could laugh over just about anything. She bought a necklace with two hearts, and she always said those were her two grandchildren's hearts with her all the time. 

She is survived by her son, Kent Warren and wife, Cynthia of Celina, Texas; granddaughter, Cate Emma Warren of Celina, Texas; grandson, Jack Warren of Celina, Texas; brother Doug Warren and wife Judy of Ovilla, Texas; nieces Debra Marshall and husband, Ryan of Canandaigua, New York and Stephanie Ochoa and husband, Noel of Corpus Christi, Texas; and numerous other loving relatives and many friends. 

A "come and go" visitation will be held on Thursday, October 22, 202 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., a rosary service will start at 6:00 p.m. at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home. Only a limited number of guest will be allowed to enter the funeral home facility at any one time to maintain social distancing. 

In support of our local, state and federal government including the CDC directives and to protect the physical health, safety and well-being of our community, only a limited number of guests will be allowed to attend the Funeral Service. 

A funeral mass service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 23, 2020 at St Gabriel the Archangel Church, 110 St Gabriel Way, McKinney, Texas 75071. 

Following the funeral service, a procession will make its way to Ridgeview Memorial Park for a committal service where all are invited to attend the committal service maintaining social distancing or you may remain in your vehicle. You will be able to listen to the service through speakers set up at the gravesite. 

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Helen, or Mrs. Warren to me and my sisters, was always a beaming, warm sun to be around. You could immediately see it in all of our little faces as soon as she walked into the classroom. She retired when I was in third grade but I remember her as if she had been there for all my six years at Glen Oaks. Her kindness and love for us shined so brightly and my sisters and I are forever grateful to have had someone like that in our life. I hope the family knows how dearly she is remembered and that she is probably still giving out her “warm and fuzzy’s” (fuzzy puff balls) but in just a different way. Thoughts and prayers with her family. Sincerely, Sydney, Elise, and Alexis Miles Sydney Miles, November 14, 2020 I worked with Helen at Caldwell many years ago when all the McKinney 5th and 6th grades were combined at that campus. The most vivid memories of her was that glowing smile, and her kindness and compassion for others. I lost touch with her in later years, but know how much love she had for you, Kent. May you and your family be comforted by the many loving memories of such a sweet lady.
Elizabeth Carter, October 25, 2020 My condolences to the friends and family. Helen greeted my son and me when we moved on the block with a plateful of brownies and a handwritten card with her name and number. It was so heartwarming to be received into the neighborhood in this time-honored and sincere way. I hope to honor her memory by keeping this tradition alive. I loved her spirit. We often visited outside during her walks when I was doing yardwork. She is missed. With love, Beth and Eli
Beth Freed, October 25, 2020 Dear Kent, It has taken me several days to get my words together to send you a note. Your Mother was a special friend back in the days. Kent, I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ve lost my words. Take care, Hugs and Peace Diane Diane Dill , October 24, 2020 My condolences to her family, especially her son! We would have graduated together I believed we started out at United Day Nursery school! Wow this was a shocker! May your hearts be comforted. Mary Johnson, October 22, 2020 Sorry to hear of Helen's passing away. Long ago memories as we were growing up visiting with her and uncle Kenneth and Aunt Tgoom! Prayers for comfort to the family.
Penny Bellard , October 22, 2020 It’s been said that a good friend is someone who you can share your memories with. However, your best friends are those that help you make those memories. Helen was that person! Always full of life, funny, adventurous, compassionate, bright and fashionable. Helen always seemed to see life through the prism of love for her family, her students and friends, and the McKinney community who she dedicated her professional career in education and counseling. Many young lives have benefited from Helen’s work and it was always amazing for us to see and hear Helen’s former students remark on something Helen said or did that has helped them in their adult life. Especially memorable with students Is Helen’s use of Kelso, her puppet character which she masterfully used to help students deal with difficult personal or family issues. We will dearly miss our weekly Sunday morning breakfasts and shopping expeditions to find that “just-right” treasure, or those relaxing times spent on the patio swing with light conversation and cold beverages. We don’t know for sure how long we have here. We can’t see ahead to the problems or misfortunes that will test us along the way. We also cannot know what God’s plan is for us. What we can do is live out our lives as best we can with purpose, with love and with joy. Thank you Helen for leading the way. You have touched our lives in an amazing way and you will be greatly missed. Steve and Vikki Steve and Vikki Twigg, October 22, 2020 It doesn't seem that time has passed so quickly. I'm 76 now and I've know Helen and Doug since I was 8 year old . I'm looking forward to the day when I will heading home at last . John Holt, October 22, 2020 Kent, May God wrap His loving arms around you and your family and give you comfort during this time. Your Mom was a wonderful teacher and counselor and a greater mother and grandmother. Prayers for you! Jo Honea, October 22, 2020 Rest in heaven Mrs. Greg. She was one of the sweetest teachers at Caldwell Middle School. Condolences from our family to yours. Errica Aimes-Jefferson , October 22, 2020 Blessings and love in your time of loss. I came to know Helen through teaching. Such a sweet and kind person and educator. Lynda Crumpton, October 22, 2020 Helen was always the same, friendly, helpful and kind. I remember the counselor meetings and the helpful approach she always took to help all students. May the warm memories of your family sustain you in the days ahead. Juli Ferrarp, October 21, 2020 Kent, with deepest sympathy to you and your family. Bobbie & Herman Mullins, October 21, 2020 Dear Kent & Family, Nearly 40 years has passed since I received my first assignment as Fifth Grade Teacher at Caldwell Intermediate School in McKinney, Texas. It was there where your mom “Helen” taught the same grade level and her sense of humor and support bonded a friendship between us as educators working on the same team together. Her love, care, & concern for students, parents, and colleagues was evident. Also, her son Kent was the pride & joy of her life. She asked me if I would do a big favor to help Kent build a race car for the local Boy Scout Club, it was an honor and so much fun, she was so proud of her son. Helen was a dear friend and will be missed greatly but her life of service continues to live on in those she made an impact and difference! I can still hear her laugh and see the energy in her step when she walked the hallways at school. What a treasure it is to have known Helen and the great memories. Blessings & prayers for her family & friends. Ron & Melinda Smith, Temple, Texas. Ron Smith, October 21, 2020 Dear Kent and family, I am heartbroken over the news of your mom! Besides being the best 5th grade teacher ever, she was a wonderful person! She made learning fun and every student in her classroom meant something to her. I’ll never forget her giggle!! Love and peace to you all! Char Charlotte Holtz, October 21, 2020 My sweet friend, you will be missed more than words can say. We worked together for many years and I love you. To Kent and family, please know your mother was a very special lady and friend. She showed more love than anyone I know. I feel honored to have been bless to know her and call her friend.
Joann Schmidt, October 21, 2020 Both my husband and I taught with Helen. Sweet, caring, loving, funny, are just a few words to describe Helen to her friends and students. I just had lunch with her a few weeks ago. At Helen's mother's estate sale I bought a little antique sewing rocker. I met with her to give the rocker back. She didn't know where she would put it, but she did want it. We had a wonderful visit. I checked on her when she got out of rehab to see if she needed anything, but she said no. May God comfort you, Kent, knowing Helen was loved. Remember the great times and the wonderful memories that you made together. Love, Jo and Don Pierce Jo Pierce, October 21, 2020 Kent, Cynthia, Emma Cate, Jack and Doug, Helen was a special friend to me. When I became the principal of Glen Oaks Elementary in February of 1998, we immediately hit it off, both personally and professionally, and she decided to stay on with me and our staff, rather than move to a new campus. We worked together as a team with our other administrative group, for five years, and I then moved to a different campus. Helen was loved by students, parents, and teachers. She had a special spark of life within her , a great sense of humor, and was always willing to help with anything. Helen and I remained friends, even after I moved to a different campus and after I left McKinney in 2005. She then retired in 2007, but we still stayed in touch, and I recall when both of her grandchildren were born. She was SO thrilled. She was crazy about all of you and so proud of you all. Helen and a few of our other special friends from Glen Oaks Elementary, gathered a couple of times of year for pool days and/or fun dinners. I will miss Helen, as I know you will. She touched many lives and was a special person. Fondly,
Peg Murphy, October 21, 2020