By Sarah Plummer
On Saturday the Beckley and Raleigh County community lost Carole Warren-George, a woman known for her faith, kind heart, avid-volunteerism, business mindedness and style.
“Not one person in the whole world can say enough good things about my mother. She was one of the best persons in the world,” said Danette Slipkovich.
Warren-George is described as being “always a lady” by Susan Landis and “inspirational” by family friend Diann Prunesti.
As a woman, she was able to lead a group in an efficient yet sensitive way, accomplishing a great deal while ensuring everyone worked for a common cause.
Her friends remember impeccable class and decorum.
Landis recalled the way she quickly learned and took over the family business, Warrenizing Cleaners, after the death of her first husband.
“The responsibility of raising three children and running the family business fell on her shoulders and she ran it with great skill. It was a job that would have been a challenge for many women, but not for her,” she said.
Slipkovich said she continued to run the family business up until last week and was loved by many devoted employees, some of whom have worked for the family for 40 years.
Prunesti recalled Warren-George was the first Welcome Wagon Woman in Beckley, greeting newcomers and helping to draw them into the community.
She served for decades in the Beckley Christian Women’s Club, including acting as state chairperson, and, until very recently, participated in Bible studies at her home.
Landis credits Warren-George with making the Beckley Concert Association a stable and self-sufficient entity.
As the president of the then Beckley Community Concert Association, she worked to raise funds and draw in volunteers, raising enough money for the group to be self-sustaining. Landis notes that the group is still one of the only groups of its kind that operates without grants or state funding.
“She was a natural leader, organized and articulate and always smiling,” said Landis.
Landis said that even in the face of being diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), Warren-George stayed busy and thought of others.
“To be given that kind of a diagnosis and send memorial gifts and ‘thank you’ notes at a time when it was even difficult for her to talk shows what great strength, courage and compassion she had. She was one of the strongest women I know.”
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