Mary Ellen Warford passed away peacefully with family at her side at Brookside Manor in Hood River, Ore., on Friday, May 11, 2018. She was born on June 9, 1941, in Washington, D.C.
She married Michael Warford on July 11, 1964, in Belleville, Ill. They moved to Lake Ozark, Miss., in 1980 with their two children, where she worked as a cook at School of the Osage. She loved her family and everyone in her life with her whole heart. Mary Ellen was the life of the party and made everyone she encountered feel accepted and loved. She said yes to every opportunity to travel and make new memories. Her joyous spirit and love of life will be forever missed.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael Warford, father Harry Grenawalt, mother Margaret (Roberts) Grenawalt, brothers Elmer Grenawalt and William Grenawalt, sister Patricia Grenawalt, sister-in-law Patricia Parker and a brother-in-law William Warford.
Surviving are her children, Michelle (Dennis) Redmond of Hood River, and Joseph (Rose) Warford, of Versailles, Mo. sister Shirley (Vernon) Holt of Columbia, Ill., grandchildren Toby (Angel) Cook of Elkland, Mo., Talesha Fowler of Jefferson City, Mo., Amanda Redmond of Bend, Ore., Addison Redmond of Hillsboro, Ore., and T.J and Wyatt Warford of Versailles, Mo., great-grandchildren Kelsey Cook, Cody Borts, Abby Coons, Kaytlin Cook, and Sophia Fowler, sister-in-law Jeannine Davis-Warford, sister-in-law Peggy (Kevin) Patterson, and brother-in-law Randy Parker, and many nieces and nephews.
After her move to Oregon in 2012, Brookside Manor became her home and the staff her extended family. Her family owes them a debt of gratitude for treating her with respect and empathy in every interaction. They would also like to thank Providence Hospice of the Gorge for everything they did to ensure that their mom’s last days were filled with comfort and compassion.
A service will be held at Brookside Manor, 1550 Brookside Drive, Hood River, on June 9. A time will be set soon. On July 21 from 3-5 p.m., a celebration of life will be held at the Grandview Clubhouse, 301 Grandview Drive, Lake Ozark, Mo.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society (P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123) or a charity of your choosing.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River. Visit www.AndersonsTributeCenter.com to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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