Arizonia (Love) Warren was born February 22, 1935 in the small East Texas town of Linden. She was the the 4th child of Willie Love Sr. and Annie Bell (Knight) Love. When Arizonia was just a toddler, her mother passed away. Together with Willie Love Sr., she was raised by her grandparents, Johnny Knight and Julia Knight. Arizonia attended Fairview High School where she played basketball. She went on to attend the historic HBCU Prairie View A&M College of Texas, now known as Prairie View A&M University, on a full ride basketball and academic scholarship.
After college, Arizonia worked odd jobs and lived on the family property with her grandparents. She married her Prince Charming, Sylvain Warren, and moved to Oregon in 1956, along with their son Vernell. Arizonia and Sylvain welcomed their second child, Deloria (deceased) in 1960.
Arizonia was a hardworking woman, she worked as a Substitute Teacher for Portland Public schools for many years before working, and later managing, her neighborhood Safeway store before her retirement. As Sylvain had retired a few years before, they looked forward to spending more time together. However, it wasn’t too long before Arizonia decided that there was such a thing as too much togetherness. She convinced him to take a part time job at the Rose Quarter, while she enjoyed some quality private time for many years.
Arizonia’s church home, Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church, held a very special place in her heart. She became a member in 1958, and led various different boards and committees. She played a very active role in every aspect of the church; one of her most noteworthy roles included her position as Deliverywomen, along with Sylvain as Deliveryman. Driving their trusty customized Cadillac, they made a delivery of bakery goods for the church food bank, three times a week, for 20 years. You could find Arizonia at church several times a week, and definitely every Sunday.
Arizonia always kept busy. When she was not at church you could find her enjoying several of her other interests. She was an active member of the Grand Niters Social Club, as she loved to socialize and attend and host large gatherings for her large group of family and friends. She loved watching sports and western movies, and most of all her favorite “story”, General Hospital. Was it mentioned that Arizonia liked to keep busy? You could often find her on one of her morning 2 mile walks around her neighborhood, walking the floors of Lloyd Center on her early morning shopping trips to Nordstrom and Meier and Frank, or walking the casino floors, trying to find that lucky machine.
Arizonia’s most noteworthy roles were being a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Arizonia and Sylvain were married 60 years and together they were a dominating force. You could most often find them side by side, at church, together enjoying the company of family and friends, or at one of their grandchildren’s or great-grandchildren’s sporting events, school performances or birthday parties.
It is not a coincidence that Arizonia was born with the name of Love. Maya Angelou said “People will forget what you said, People will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”. Arizonia made everyone feel special, she made everyone feel loved. Though we will miss her physical presence in our lives, we will carry those feelings with us always.
Arizonia was called home on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 after last visits from family and friends. Arizonia was proceeded in death by her Father, Willie Love Sr.; Mother, Annie Bell (Knight) Love; Brother, Willie Love Jr.; Brother, L.D. Love; Brother, Azell Love; Sister, Lurlene Epps; Husband, Sylvain Warren and Daughter, Deloria Warren. She is survived by her Son, Vernell Warren Sr.; Granddaughter, Brittany Warren; Grandson, Vernell Warren Jr.; Great-Grandchildren, Charles Manigo Jr., Cassidy Manigo, Jaxson Tonkins and JJ Tonkins. She also leaves behind a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and many close friends.
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