7:34 PM EDT, June 2, 2012
Margaret "Peggy" Warren died May 31, 2012, in Norwood, Mass., following a brief illness. She was 85.
Born in Bethel, Conn., she was the daughter of the late Nelson Judd Washburn and Pauline K. Washburn.
She graduated from Norwalk (Conn.) High School in 1945, where she excelled in her studies, particularly languages, and enjoyed participating in school musicals. She was also a talented soprano soloist and guitarist. She graduated from the Concord (N.H.) Hospital School of Nursing in 1949.
It was during her work at Concord Hospital that she met her husband, Foster Gage "Bud" Warren of Pembroke, N.H., a U.S. Air Force pilot. They wed Nov. 5, 1949, and were married for 61 years, making their life together at military bases around the country and overseas, spending retirement years in Cascade, Md., and later, Westerly, R.I.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Col. Warren.
For several years, she worked as a registered nurse at several hospitals, including Bellevue in New York City and Bloss Memorial Hospital in Atwater, Calif. She also volunteered at community blood drives.
She is survived by her children, Steven M. Warren of Laughlin, Nev., Anthony G. Warren of Fort Mitchell, Ky., and Anne Warren Murray of Walpole, Mass.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Foster Hugh Warren of Blue Ridge Summit., Pa., and Thomas Charles Warren of Brookfield, Conn.
She is also survived by 10 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She was the sister of Edna Merrill of Virginia Beach, Va., Lorraine Osborne of Marietta, Ga., the late Katherine "Kaye" Springer and the late John Washburn, both of Connecticut.
An avid reader and talented writer, she will be remembered by all who knew her for her tremendous sense of humor, her wonderful laugh, her kind heart, her brilliant mind and her lovely singing voice. She will be sadly missed by family and friends.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend the Memorial Mass in Saint Timothy's Church, Nichols Street, Norwood, on Wednesday, June 6, at 9 a.m.
Visiting hours are Tuesday, June 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. at James H. Delaney and Son Funeral Home, 48 Common St., Walpole, Mass. Interment will be private.