Beatrice “Beady” Anna (Sheffer) Warren


Beatrice “Beady” Anna (Sheffer) Warren, 98, formerly of Stafford, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 28, 2020.

Beady was born on Dec. 13, 1921 in Stafford, New York. She grew up in a strong family that taught her the value of hard work; something she never stopped doing. She told stories of picking potatoes for spending money, working at the Stafford Country Club, and raising her beautiful family. Her love of cooking and sweets, volunteering, and being part of the community was well known. She was a lover of cards and letters, long Sunday drives around the lake, traveling, and music. Not a day passed without the crackle of the radio in the kitchen which was always tuned to WBTA. She loved to watch reruns of the Lawrence Welk Show as much as she did when they were brand new. A member of the Stafford Ladies Auxiliary for 45+ years, Beady also volunteered at the Batavia Senior Center and was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Stafford.

Ninety-eight years is a long time, and Beady lived through so many major events in her lifetime, it’s hard not to mention them. Born in the twilight of America’s last major pandemic, and the year after women gained the right to vote, she spent her childhood in the Great Depression, and the first years of her marriage in World War II. It wasn’t long before the ball point pen and televisions were first brought into her home. Then came the moon landing, the Cold War, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Civil Rights movement. But, the 20th century wasn’t done yet and gave her the fall of the Soviet Union, the removal of the Berlin Wall, and the Challenger explosion. By this time, her children were grown with children of their own, and she walked right by the Gulf War and Y2K to enter the new millennium, experience 9/11, and the birth of the information age. She saw 17 presidents come and go from office. And it is here, just a few years shy of her centennial, she decided her time had come to take a well-deserved rest.

Beady is preceded in death by her devoted husband, Earl Glenn Warren, whom she married at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, on Saturday, Dec. 16, 1939; both of her parents, Fredrick J. Sheffer and Anna Heal Sheffer of Stafford; all of her sisters and brothers, Gladys (Dayton) Nichols, Lucille (Leon) Hammer, Gertrude (Vernon) McWethy, Clayton and Marie Sheffer, Donald and Vivian Sheffer, and Louise Sheffer.

She is survived by her daughter, Bonnie (Jim) Woodruff; her son Jerry Warren (Marcia McKenzie); her grandchildren, Maureen (Paul) Egeling, Zoe (Geoff) Maves, Rebecca (John) Kollmorgan, Jessica Warren (James Schemanski); eight great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, nephews, and friends.

A memorial service is to be held at a later date, and a small service will be held at the Stafford Rural Cemetery for family and close friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in her honor be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church or to the Stafford Fire Department.

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Arrangements for Beatrice were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia, (585) 343-8868.

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