Joan Gail Warren

October 27, 1931 - April 7, 2016
Joan Gail Warren

Joan Warren, 84, of 505 Rose Avenue, Wilmington, NC, passed away on April 7, 2016, after a short illness.  She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Robert Earl Warren, of the home and two sons: Rickey Warren (wife Bobbie) and Brett Warren (wife Betty), all of Winnabow, NC.  Also surviving are two grand-daughters, Brittany Sidbury (husband Gerrod) and Candace Warren; one grandson, Mikey Benton (wife Melissa).  Preceding her in death was one grand-daughter, Heather Warren Shows.  She has 4 great-grandchildren.

Joan was born in Durham, NC, on October 27, 1931, to Joseph Luther and Geneva Short Winstead.  She had 3 sisters and 1 brother, all of which preceded her in death.  She was raised in Durham, NC, where she was given much love and attention by her older siblings and extended family.  She was so easy to love, and she loved everyone.  Joan was a devoted member of Wesley Memorial Methodist Church.

She was truly the “Rose of Rose Avenue”.  If you have ever ridden down Rose Avenue in Wilmington, you could not miss her yard, for it is the loveliest on the street.  You could tell how much love and attention it had been given and that beautiful garden was tended by this beautiful lady.  She loved working in her yard, and spent many happy hours making it the blessed showplace it is.  She even won the “Most Beautiful Yard of the Month” Award. 

She loved making a home for her family and friends to feel welcome at any time they wished to visit.  She enjoyed writing poetry and decorating her home, for which she had flair and style for.  She never lost interest in life itself.  She truly loved life, and all that it meant, especially the gathering of family and friends.  She would cook large meals for each special occasion, holidays and birthdays, and invite all of her family to attend.


Joan was a walking miracle after she had a heart transplant 23 years ago, at the Duke Medical Center in Durham, NC.  She never let that new heart prevent her from doing the things she loved.  We owe Duke Medical Center a great deal of appreciation for giving us 23 years of precious time to share with her.  Hers was not a life wasted, for she treasured every moment of life she had. 

Her passing has left a big hole in the lives of her family and friends.  We cannot feel the same way about holidays and special occasions ever again.  We only pass through this life but once, and Joan shared her love and enjoyment for her life with those of us who loved her. 

We want to acknowledge and show appreciation for her long devoted friend, Wanda Smith.  We would also like to acknowledge a very special niece, Trena Killette. 

The memorial service is Monday, April 11, 2016 and will be held at Wilmington Funeral and Cremation at 2pm.  Visitation will be from 1-2pm.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 South 41St. Street Wilmington, NC 28403 910-791-9099


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  • April 10, 2016
    Linda Beatty says:
    So sorry for the loss of your loved one. Know that Heaven is rejoicing in her homecoming. Praying for God's peace and comfort to all the family.

  • April 10, 2016
    Michelle Killette DiBenedetto and Family says:
    We extend our love and sympathy to your family. We are so very sorry for your loss.

  • April 11, 2016
    Thelma Rigsbee says:
    My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. Joan was a dear cousin and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She always had laughter in her voice to brighten your day. She loved sharing her flowers. I have some in my yard and think of her every time I look at them.