Warner, Jeanne B.

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warner_jeanne_bJeanne B. Warner, the best mother in the world, entered into eternal life on Sunday, May 11, 2014 at the age of 91. Yes, we are prejudiced, but anyone who knew her knew that she was special and we feel so blessed that she was our mother.

Mom graduated from Peace College in Raleigh, North Carolina. In 1948 she married E. S. “Pop” Warner. They moved to Blacksburg, VA in 1965. Mom soon began working as a secretary in Materials Engineering at VA Tech until her retirement in 1986. A wonderful retirement party was given to Mom at that time to honor her many years of employment. Mom loved working and enjoyed being around the students. She was a loyal Hokie fan.

Mom was a happy person with a sweet disposition. Hate was not in Mom’s vocabulary and it was a word that we were never allowed to say. If anyone lived by the Golden Rule, it was Mom. She was always thinking of others before herself and always doing things for other people. Her generosity included volunteer work for Montgomery Regional Hospital, American Red Cross Bloodmobile, the Montgomery County Humane Society, the Montgomery County Christmas Store, and the Interfaith Food Pantry, among other services. Her thoughtfulness was shown by the many batches of cookies she baked for family and friends throughout the years.

Mom received the Citizen Recognition Award by the Christiansburg-Blacksburg Rotary Club in 1996. This award is given to a citizen who has made significant contribution to the community. Mom’s dedication to others was again recognized in 2001 when she received the Gunnar Teilmann Layperson of the Year Award from the Montgomery County-Blacksburg Kiwanis. This annual award is given to a person who personifies in spirit and action, charity and compassion for those in need.

Mom was a member of Blacksburg United Methodist Church for the past 49 years and was considered a “pillar of the church” by many of her fellow members. She was very active in many aspects of the church from teaching Sunday School to being an active Circle member.

Mom was never one to sit still for long and when she was not doing volunteer work, she enjoyed playing bridge, taking aerobic classes, knitting, cooking and swimming. She especially loved the beach and swimming in the ocean. Mom also liked to travel and enjoyed the many trips she took with Sunshine Tours.

Mom was preceded in death by our Dad, E. S. (Pop) Warner and her sister, Dee Russell. We, Page Warner and wife, Debbie of Blacksburg, VA, Chris Warner of Christiansburg, and Jan Warner Fore of Roanoke, VA are left to try to live by her example and cherish so many great memories. Mom will also be greatly missed by her brother, Russell Batchelor; grandchildren, Wes and wife, Carla Warner, Shane and wife, Jenn Warner, Jared Stilwell, Amanda Warner Martin and Ben Warner; great-grandchildren, Cameron Warner, Andrew Warner and Eliza Warner; and special nieces, Barbara McDaniel and Lea Scott. We would like to express appreciation to all the staff at Warm Hearth Village.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday, May 16, 2014 at 2:00 pm at the Blacksburg United Methodist Church with the Rev. Reggie Tuck officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Blacksburg United Methodist Church, PO Box 931, Blacksburg, VA 24060 or Good Samaritan Hospice, 1160 Moose Dr., NW, Christiansburg, VA 24073. The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 pm Thursday evening at the McCoy Funeral Home, 150 Country Club Drive, SW, Blacksburg.