|Birth: ||Mar. 19, 1922|
|Death: ||Apr. 18, 2010|
Verne Violet Warren was born 19 March 1922 in Jacksonville, Florida, the second daughter of John Audy and Hazel Ake Warren. She was named for her mother's youngest sister and was always known to her aunts and uncles as "Little Verne."
As one of six children, Verne learned life and social skills at an early age. She loved school and formed many life-long friendships in her Springfield neighborhood and at Mattie V. Rutherford Elementary School.
Before graduating from high school, she began working as a secretary for Haverty's Furniture Store in downtown Jacksonville. For graduation they gave her a cloisonne vase which is still treasured by the family.
She eloped with John Edwin Roquemore on 17 October 1940. They were married in Palatka, Florida, by one of his University of Florida college professors at the professor's home. They kept their marriage a secret for over two years.
Verne loved to sing and laugh and tempered a quick wit with kindness, always admonishing her family to treat others as they would like to be treated. She reveled in the fact that her granddaughters inherited her feisty spirit.
She was proud of her husband's military service and was very supportive of his activities in ROA and MOWW. Family vacations were to military bases where John was assigned on active duty. Her least favorite activity was going to the museums which he loved to explore. After the children were grown, she enjoyed their travels to Europe when he attended COIR conferences. She carefully selected dolls from each country they visited to bring home to her oldest granddaughter.
A graduate of Andrew Jackson High School, Verne was one of the members of the January 1939 class who enjoyed regular lunches with classmates until they were in their mid-eighties.
She had successful hip replacement surgery on both sides. After many years one replacement slipped from its socket and required surgery to repair. While waiting for surgery and with some of her last conscious breaths, she sang favorite hymns remembered from family gatherings around the piano.
Verne died at McGraw Hospice when a famous medical clinic did not honor a DNR and failed in an effort to resuscitate her. She was survived by three daughters, a sister, two brothers-in-law, six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and four siblings: Floyce Warren Roberts, Major John Audy Warren, Wilma Warren Schleicher and The Rev. Dr. Frederick Warren.
John Audy Warren (1885 - 1941)
Hazel Rosina-Rosanna Ake Warren (1894 - 1982)
John Edwin Roquemore (1915 - 1985)
Hazel Floyce Warren Roberts (1920 - 2009)*
Verne Violet Warren Roquemore (1922 - 2010)
John Audy Warren (1925 - 1983)*
Wilma Rosebud Warren Schleicher (1930 - 2007)*
Frederick E. Warren (1932 - 2005)*
Arlington Park Cemetery
Maintained by: PRMc
Originally Created by: Patricia Heath
Record added: Apr 21, 2010
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