Around 300 people, including many of Jennifer Lynn Warren's closest companions, filled the St. Helens High School Auditorium June 3 to say 'goodbye' to the 39 year old who was killed last month while delivering medication to a patient.
Tears and smiles alternated in the audience of Warren's Celebration of Life. Olivia Jacobus, who officiated the memorial service, led a sharing of stories by Warren's loved ones.
In between talks, songs were played that were dear to the beloved Columbia County Mental Health employee, who died on May 20 in St. Helens, three days before what would have been her 40th birthday.
After years of wandering in life, including struggling with drug addiction, Warren eventually found her place as an adult, becoming a solid 'rock' to her family and friends, they shared at the memorial. She was always strong, Jacobus said, retelling a story from Warren's father where his then first-grade daughter was adamant in her ability to walk to school on her own.
Her spirit was brought to her profession as well, coworkers professed. An unnamed mental health patient wrote a letter that was read at the memorial thanking Warren and others in the agency for helping those who are sometimes 'lost.'
'She had said on many occasions, someone had to love them,' Jacobus said about Warren's love of her profession.
Warren worked at Columbia County Mental Health for 10 years. Her supervisor for much of that time, Juli Knapp, spoke Sunday about her coworker and friend. In a sentiment echoed by many others, Knapp said Warren's dedication to her job and her patients was strong.
'Jennifer, you will be missed,' Knapp said. 'And never forgotten.'