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Eleanor Jane Van Arsdell Warren
Funeral Time: Saturday, November 10th at 11:30AM
WARREN, Eleanor Jane Van Arsdell, 93, of Wilmore, KY, passed away on October 29, 2018 at Wesley Village. Eleanor was born on the University of Kentucky campus at her childhood home on Graham Ave. in Lexington, on Aug. 13, 1925 to the late Hord and Carrie Van Arsdell. She was affectionately nicknamed “Sugar” by her immediate family, and the youngest of 11 children. She is the widow of Donald Warren, a Lexington native (deceased 1988). Donald was a career metallurgical engineer for the DuPont Co. in Wilmington, DE, where they lived and raised their family. She was the last surviving sibling in her family, predeceased by Nannie Belle Wright Edger, Roger, Stanley, Tommy, Jeannie, Mary Ecton, Billy, Dorothy Crowe, Milton, and Marion. Eleanor is the beloved mother of Bruce (& Richel) Warren (Albuquerque, NM), Dale (& Janet) Warren (Nicholasville, KY), and Nancy (& Tim) Shappell (Fargo, ND). Grandchildren: Gabe Shappell; Christine, Michelle, and Michael Warren; LaShele Warren, & 6 great grandchildren. She graduated from Henry Clay H.S. and the University of Kentucky (Math, 1947). She met Donald, her husband, after he returned from WWII as co-pilot of a B-24 bomber. He flew 35 combat missions over Germany. They met on the steps of Broadway Christian Church and married in 1946. After Donald earned his Ph.D. from Lehigh University, they moved to Wilmington, DE, where he worked for DuPont until retirement. Married 42 years they shared a life-long commitment to faith and service in Hanover Street Presbyterian Church. Eleanor served as elder, deacon, choir member, and leader of numerous teams during her 60-year membership. In 2011 she returned to Kentucky for family ties. She lived at Wesley Village; the family extends heart-felt thanks for excellent care provided, especially from nurse Michelle Puckett. A woman of many talents, Eleanor was an excellent cook and supreme baker. She was a seamstress, gardener, and caretaker for her sisters. When her children left home, she was a substitute math teacher beloved by students. She sponsored an annual family reunion in different states after Donald died. She loved life, nature, travel, and filming everything. She will be remembered for her love, beauty, amazing food, dedication to family, and service to others. She will be dearly missed. A celebration of her life will occur in the Historic Sanctuary of South Elkhorn Christian Church, 4343 Harrodsburg Rd., on Saturday, Nov. 10. Visitation will be at the church from 10-11:30 AM with service at 11:30 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to “The Legacy Fund,” South Elkhorn Christian Church, 4343 Harrodsburg Rd., Lexington, KY 40513.