Louisa Ruth "Happy" Warren

Louisa Ruth "Happy" Warren was born Dec. 18, 1916 to Philip and Eda Martin Fox, in Austin, Penn.  She died peacefully in her sleep, at the age of 92, Jan. 16, 2009, in Redding, Calif. Upon her father’s untimely death in the Spanish Influenza epidemic in 1920, she moved to Philadelphia with her mother and brother.  She graduated from Olney High School, and entered Smith College at the age of 16. During her tenure at Smith, she spent the summer of 1936 as an interpreter at the Berlin Olympics.  Happy graduated from Smith with a master’s degree in German, and studied for her PhD at Bryn Mawr. She moved west to Marin County, Calif. in the early 1940’s, and worked as Executive Director of the Camp Fire Girls.
She married Stryker Warren on April 13, 1946, and they became the
parents of three children, Cornelia (Bunny), Stryker and Henry.  She
later taught English, Latin and foreign languages at Marin Junior
College, Dominican Convent and Three R School.  She was divorced in
1962, and moved with her children to Siskiyou County, where they
settled in the small town of Etna.  She taught at high schools in Etna,
Dunsmuir and Gridley before settling in Redding, where she continued to
teach multiple languages at Shasta High School and College.  She
retired officially in 1987, but continued to do volunteer teaching in
various Redding schools.  She also did volunteer work with numerous
organizations, and continued to socialize in both the German and
Episcopal Church communities in Shasta County. 
   
One of her
passions was foreign exchange programs, and she hosted and chaperoned
many individuals and groups, both locally, and throughout the world. 
She traveled extensively, including chaperoning a group of eighth grade
students through Communist East Germany when she was in her 70’s.
   
Happy
was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Cmndr. Philip Hartman
Fox (USN).  She is survived by her children, Bunny Lincoln, Eagle
Point, Ore.; Stryker Warren, Jr. (Susan), Chicago, Ill.; and Henry E.
Warren (Julie), Moraga, Calif..  She also leaves grandchildren Carey
Lincoln Poulsen and Franz Lincoln, Eagle Point, Ore., Henry Lincoln,
Bend, Ore., Philip Lincoln (Jennifer), Anchorage, Alaska; Tammy
Lincoln, Wasilla, Alaska; Olivia Warren, Moraga, Calif.; Leonard Warren
(Laura), Nashville, Tenn.: Kimberly Warren, Incline Village, Calif.;
and nine great-grandchildren.
    Happy epitomized the concept of
putting others before oneself, and she will be greatly missed.  The
term "Been there, done that" could truthfully have been coined to
describe her life.                 A memorial celebration of Happy’s
life will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009 at All Saints
Episcopal Church, Quartz Hill Road, Redding.  An open house will follow
in the All Saint’s reception hall.  In lieu of flowers, contributions
to the Shasta County Friends of the Library or the scholarship fund at
Shasta High School would be appreciated.  For more information, please
contact Bunny Lincoln at 541-944-2446.
 

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