Darleene Joy Warren, known by her many friends as “Dolly,” passed away peacefully in her home on January 26, 2017. She was born on March 27, 1941. To the people whose lives she touched, she will always be remembered as a passionate, dedicated and strong woman who never altered her course in the face of adversity.
Dolly was recognized as the creative mind and engine in developing and driving the D’feet Breast Cancer organization. The D’feet movement has provided over ten thousand mammograms for uninsured and underserved women of Galveston County. It was her commitment to the early detection of breast cancer that allowed many women to successfully treat the disease when treatment was still an option. Dolly Warren was not capable of just existing quietly in the world; she will forever be remembered as someone who contributed.
Dolly’s list of accomplishments over the past forty years is beyond impressive. Through her volunteer work she has positively impacted a wide range of Galveston organizations. She served as the President of the Temple B’nai Israel Sisterhood and was on the Temple B’nai Israel Board of Directors. She was active at UTMB where she restarted the UTMB Faculty Women’s Club, was the President of the UTMB Hospital Auxiliary, was an adviser on a medical student wives’ association called Medical Dames, and was appointed to the UTMB School of Nursing Advisory Board. She was involved in Galveston Development which was responsible for starting the Dicken’s Evening on the Strand. She was a Board Member in the Friends of Moody Gardens, the Galveston Historical Foundation Homes Tours, the Galveston Outdoor musical festival, and was a docent at the Moody mansion. She was on the Hospice Care Team Board for over ten years and was active in recruitment and UTMB resident hospice education. In her spare time, Dolly became a Bridge Life Master and taught bridge to fourth grade students in La Marque and Galveston as well as couples at Galveston College.
Anyone who worked alongside Dolly knew that she was going to provide absolute attention to detail and maintain the highest standards. Commitment and integrity were not mere concepts; they were the blueprint to the way she led her life. If it needed to be done and it was important that it be done correctly, Dolly did not disappoint.
Dolly was preceded in death by her parents, George and Frances Feinberg and her brother Lawrence Feinberg. She was adored by her husband, Michael Warren MD. She will be remembered by her children, Debbie & Bruce Steckler, Robert & Tara Warren, and Leslie Warren. She will always be in their hearts. She will live on in the memories of her grandchildren, Sophia, Daniel and Julia Steckler. Her virtues will be praised to her grand-daughter, Payton Nicole Warren. She will be missed by her sister Beverly Feinberg Dodson and husband Peter and her memory will live on in her sister-in-law Amy Feinberg. She will be remembered by her niece and nephews, Nick, Chloe and Geoff Feinberg. Dolly Warren will certainly be remembered.
Occasionally a life takes on more meaning than words can articulate. Dolly Warren is one of those rare glimpses into how one human being can impact so many without the desire for accolades or recognition. Dolly Warren’s life is one to be rejoiced. Dolly Warren’s life is one that should be emulated. Dolly Warren’s life is one of purpose.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, January 30, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at Temple B’nai Israel, 3008 Avenue O, with Rabbi Marshal Klaven and Rabbi James Kessler officiating. Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at Mount Zion United Jewish Cemetery in Dallas, Texas, with Rabbi Marshal Klaven and Rabbi James Kessler officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to D’Feet Breast Cancer, Inc., P.O. Box 3935, Galveston, Texas 77552 or Temple B’nai Israel, 3008 Avenue O, Galveston, Texas 77550.