servant (n.) – a devoted and helpful follower
When trying to come up with one word for Mrs. Catherine Warren, quite honestly, I was stumped. Not to be boastful, but writing comes fairly easily to me, and usually just flows out like the proverbial river of words. This was not the case when writing this issue’s “Well Done.” I knew I would be writing about Mrs. Catherine as soon as I heard of her passing this spring. Deciding to honor her was easy. Deciding what to say has been a challenge, not because there isn’t enough to say; it is quite the opposite. So, without further adieux …
Mrs. Catherine Warren served so many on so many levels and in so many ways. She served her family. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and cousin. Mrs. Catherine served her church in numerous ways: Women on Missions leader, Sunday school teacher, church librarian, and deacon’s wife.
The Senatobia community and surrounding areas are certainly missing her presence and hard work. Mrs. Catherine was very involved in Hope Ministries and was a life-long lover of the written word. She worked in four different libraries: Senatobia, Regional (in Hernando), Northwest Mississippi Community College, and First Baptist Church, Senatobia. On an international level, Mrs. Catherine served on many mission trips, and when she was unable to go herself, she often paid for others to go and serve. Mrs. Catherine even started a library in Belize! Mrs. Catherine served strangers as if they were family members.
When Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, Mrs. Catherine led the Senatobia community in relief efforts. She coordinated with the Red Cross to open up the Family Life Center at FBC as a shelter. She organized cook teams, shopping trips, took in donations, and set up round-the-clock attendants for our displaced visitors. This service made her the Tate County contact for the Red Cross, which enabled our community to be named a Red Cross Shelter.
It was her selfless efforts on behalf of total strangers that literally put Senatobia “on the map” as a Red Cross Shelter. There are many, many people who have a “Catherine Warren Story.” She touched countless lives through her service, love, and dedication. There is no doubt she is reaping the eternal rewards of an earthly life of service.
Well Done, Mrs. Catherine Warren, Well Done.