Denise Ann Warner of Caldwell, Idaho passed away Monday, November 8, 2021 in a local hospital after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Denise was born October 22,1949 in Willits, California, the daughter of Stephen and Margerie Shoemaker. She was raised most of her life in Novato, California. Denise married the love of her life, Donald Warner, at the young age of 19 on August 23, 1969. Together they raised two wonderful children in Petaluma, California. She received the Lord in 1974 and was strong in her faith, always ready to encourage, serve and pray for others in need.
Denise graduated from Santa Rosa Junior College with an AA in early childhood education to teach preschool. She went on to work at Noah’s Ark Preschool then later at Petaluma Christian Academy as a teacher's assistant. She also worked for McCormick and Schilling Spice Company, Skip Domingos Antiques and Minuteman Press.
Denise would tell with a smile that her first date was inviting her boyfriend over to catch frogs in her parent’s backyard. Don ultimately caught her eye for life and she chased him until he caught her! Soon after high school, he found out she was with someone else. He said, “I don't think you should be with him, you should be with me!” The rest is history! They were inseparable ever since for 52 beautiful years.
Denise was very active and had lots of hobbies. In her later years, she accomplished her goal of quilting blankets for all her kids and grandkids. She enjoyed cooking and making up new recipes. She loved to can and bake with her best friend Terry Halvorson. She loved antiquing. She was also active in her church choir in her younger years, along with her husband. She did NOT love ironing clothes!
Denise and Don enjoyed many years of playing in a bowling league together. She enjoyed pheasant hunting with her husband at Black Point Pheasant Club with their dog Junior. She loved horses and always wanted a ranch of her own. It was rare that you would see Denise NOT on the phone as a teenager and into adulthood. It goes without saying, that she later became an avid texter and emailer, keeping in touch with friends and family no matter the geographical distance. As a kid, Denise was an excellent swimmer. Her instructor said she could see her competing in the Olympics. She also loved being outdoors and catching rattlesnakes with her cousins and sister on the family ranch.
Her real life passion was caring for her husband and children. She was a faithful, loving, and supportive wife. She was an advocate for her kids, helping them through whatever they were struggling with. She was always there to listen and provide wise advice.
She is survived by her husband Don of Caldwell; daughter Alicia and her husband Val of Roseville, California; son, Stephen of Windsor, California; mother, Marge of Novato; sister Stephanie and her husband Robert; grandsons Justin and Grayson, granddaughters Angela and Abigail, nephew Greg and his wife Azin and their children, Darius and Sarina.
Graveside Services will be held Friday Nov 19, 2021 at 1pm at the Valley View Cemetery in Vale, Oregon. A celebration of life will be held in Novato, CA in the Spring of 2022. More details will follow. Arrangements and Services by Lienkaemper Chapel, Vale.