Longtime Alaska resident Ella Mae Warren passed away of natural causes at age 84 on Wednesday, Feb. 6 in Kent, Wash.
Ella is survived by her loving husband, John G Warren, and her children: Gary Brumage, John Warren, Jennifer Livermore and Jeff Warren. She also left behind five grandchildren: Brittany Cotter, Carson Warren, Branden Livermore, Christine Sofieh, JW Bampton, and five great-grandchildren: Warren Cotter, Jaz Warren, Tatiana Safieh, Brianna Safieh and Kenley Bampton.
Ella was born on Sept. 28, 1928 in Sherwood, W.Va. to Dewey Tate and Wavelene Golden Tate. She graduated from high school in 1946 and went on to work with the Federal Savings and Loan of Waynesburg, Penn. for 10 years.
After marrying John in October 1958 they moved to Kodiak in spring 1959 and resided in Kodiak until 1973. They moved to Alaska to follow John's dreams of flying airplanes and to raise a family together.
Ella taught private piano instruction for 10 years, presented four annual duo-piano concerts and served as the junior and senior choir director of the Community Baptist Church while in Kodiak. In addition to this, she won the 1968 Mrs. Kodiak Pageant and went on to Anchorage to represent Kodiak in the Mrs. Alaska pageant.
She was a charter member of Kodiak Baranof Productions Inc. which featured the outdoor theater production “Cry of the Wild Ram”, was a member of the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce and in 1969 organized Kodiak's first guided tour, “Mrs. Kodiak Tours”. She also served as the president of the Kodiak Historical Society.
After leaving Kodiak, the family moved to Anchorage in 1973 where she practiced real estate for many years. In her senior years, Ella ran a bed and breakfast out of her home in Anchorage and also in Page, Ariz. where they resided for a short time.
She was an excellent cook, had a passion for gardening and had a flair for entertaining guests who came to her home. She and her husband John moved to Kent four years ago to live with their daughter and husband. She will be remembered for her love, dedication and devotion to her husband, children and grandchildren. She will be deeply missed and will forever remain in our hearts. The family will hold a celebration of her life memorial in Anchorage in August for family and friends