True to her school, country, Scouting, friends

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ANSONIA - Mamie C. (Kerns) Warrick will be eulogized at a memorial service at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at her church, Ansonia United Methodist, with the Rev. Ron Hoeksema officiating. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior.

Warrick, who died on May 1 at the age of 92, didn’t live long enough to see her next alumni association banquet, but, knowing her, had most of it finalized before she left this earth.

Organizing the annual banquet of the Ansonia Alumni Association of which she was secretary for 49 years, was just one of her passions. Others were Boy and Cub Scouting, her country, her community and her family.

Many people had a lot of respect for the woman who got the job done but wouldn’t take credit for any of it.

“It is very hard for me to believe that Mamie has passed,” said Mike Henderson of Greenville. “She was such an icon for the community and spent countless hours preserving our heritage. She is someone you want to live on forever. We will miss her dearly as she was always there for us.”

Henderson said that no matter what community organization she was involved in, Mamie always would take it to the next level.

“She had superior organization skills and a passion to do a job very well,” he said. “I have so many memories of her with Scouting. I was on the troop committee and I was the troop treasurer with her for many years until Debbie and I married and we moved to Greenville. She would always organize the Scout camp-outs, paper drives and fundraisers. She would always see to it that the Scouts would each earn their way to summer camp. She spent countless hours giving to the Scouting organization and to the Alumni Association.”

Henderson, who works for Mote & Associates in Greenville, went on, “I was happy to assist with the Bell Tower to help memorialize our old schools but I know Mamie would have much rather still have had the schools to be utilized in some way. I still have a huge void when I drive by the vacant lot. Mamie was also our church historian and a member at our church. She documented and published quite a few history books over the years. I visited her about four weeks before she passed away and told her I would do my best to document the last 10 years of our church history since her last publication. The next day a big envelope of information arrived at my office. She had sent it with her son, Rock, to drop it off to me. She just knew her days were short and I am amazed how prepared she was. That was just Mamie. Always prepared. So true to the Boy Scout motto. I could go on for hours like my memories of meeting at Pauline Bales’ house with her and Mamie to plan our 55th-year class alumni reunion back in 1977. So sad to think she is no longer with us. She was such a giving person and never wanted anything in return. I also remember She asked Ed Ault, Susan Gray and I to go to the school board meeting to try to talk them into saving the old 1903 school building to turn it into a library. Of course, that did not happen, but I was glad at least we tried to do that for Mamie. She had a passion for history and felt every building could have a new use or purpose. Mamie never wanted any credit for all of the wonderful things she did for the community. She always wanted to be a behind-the-scenes person. No one can take her place.”

“She worked hard all of her life,” son Rock said. “She milked cows on the farm, raised flowers and varnished off all the wood around the doors and windows in her home. She and Dad pushed for Stillwater Scenic River. She was in a lot of things.”

Daughter Ronda Miley remarked, “She loved her country and community and that kind of tells it all. At the alumni banquet, she would have them do a military memorial. She was a hard worker at home with the milking. She researched a lot of the history on the Methodist Church. She thought a lot of history. One time, the church was interviewing for a new minister and a couple were women. Some thought men should do that job but Mom said, ‘No way, women should have the right.’”

“She was a wonderful person,” said Bonnie Koesters. “I knew her through Scouting. I worked with Cub Scouts under her.”

Dave Staver had this to say about Warrick: “She was a loving person…kind…was knowledgeable with the history around us. She had her heart in a lot of organizations My association with her was Scouts.”

“She did so much for me,” said Ed Huff Jr. “I wouldn’t be where I am today if not for her. She knew how to keep tradition. Mamie’s that type of person. I remember one time when I was the village clerk and, before a council meeting, came in and wanted me to be the Cubmaster. I didn’t really want to, but she said they want people who are busy because they are the ones who make time.”

He said Warrick was like a second mother to him.

“She took me under her wing,” said Huff, who also worked on the alumni committee with her throughout the years. “She would always go to the dance [after the alumni banquet] until the last few years. She knew how to put a banquet on. She would write all the speeches and showed me how to do that. That has helped me in my role as a township trustee and with my work on the Ohio Township Trustees Association. When it came to banquets, I would always think, ‘What would Mamie do?’ She knew how to make some people a better person. She made you reach down inside yourself and pull out something you didn’t know you had. I’d hate to tell you how many people she helped in their life. She knew how to make people feel good. A week and a half before she passed, I told her I loved her.”

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