Shirlee Crawford Warren

shirlee warren

January 21, 1926 ~ December 1, 2023

Born in: Klamath Falls, Oregon
Resided in: Union City, California

My incredible mother Shirlee Crawford Warren passed away on December 1, 2023. She was 97. Born in Klamath Falls, Oregon in 1926, she grew up on a ranch and was a proud member of the Klamath-Modoc tribe. Shirlee was a registered nurse and served proudly in the US Air Force during the Korean War. One of her “claims to fame” was that she was first flight nurse to remove injured soldiers from South Korea to Japan. She met her true love Richard “Dick” Warren while in the Air Force and married him in 1952. They were married until he passed away suddenly in 2006.She graduated with a degree in Nursing from the University of Oregon and then began her adventures of moving to Chicago, Chattanooga, Seattle, and American Samoa before setting down in Fremont in 1969 with her husband and two daughters.  Shirlee was preceded in death of her daughter Tamora who passed away in August, 2022 after a long battle with rheumatoid arthritis.Both she and Dick were active residents of Fremont and Niles-Fremont Rotary Club. They traveled all over the world, played golf and played bridge, danced as often as they could and participated in many fundraising events with their large circle of friends.She is survived by her daughter Keeley Warren Blanchette, her son-in-law Tyrone Blanchette, grandchildren Ian Blanchette and Megan Blanchette, and great granddaughter Annie Blanchette.She loved her grandkids and watched each of them for their first year of their lives, full-time! She was always quick to share funny stories of when they were babies and so proud of them as they grew into amazing adults.

No services will be held. Her most meaningful charities were Niles-Fremont Rotary Foundation and the Wounded Warriors Project, if you’d like to make a memorial donation.


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