Jean Paton Warren, 97, wife of the late Patrick D Warren, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2020 at Our Lady of Mercy Life Center with her daughter by her side. Born December 20, 1922, in Alton Illinois, she was the daughter of the late Herbert and Helen Gibson Paton.
Jean’s life was full of music. She grew up in Wood River IL and graduated at Shurtleff College, receiving a bachelor’s degree in music. She then received a fellowship to Julliard Graduate School and moved to NYC. She learned to sing operas in Italian and German. After graduation, she auditioned and was accepted as a soprano with the Robert Shaw Choral. She was one of the 30 singers to tour the country in the 1950’s. The Shaw Choral recorded several albums, performed at colleges, appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show and recorded with Toskanenini. She loved seeing the country from San Francisco to Savannah GA. She sang with Shaw until the choral was disbanded. Jean then met and married her soul mate and eventually moved to the Albany area. While taking care of her home and family, she continued to sing at Temple Bethe meth, St. Andrew’s Church for twenty years and then at the New Scotland Presbyterian Church. Through the years she has sung in many operettas, cabarets, musicals, and a soloist at weddings and funerals.
She loved nature and the ocean, traveling, concerts at Capital Rep, Glimmer Glass, SPAC and operas at the Met with the Peter Haley’s Opera Club from Siena. Some of her hobbies were drawing, writing poetry, playing the piano, reading a good suspense novel and being a #1 fan of Days Of Our Lives for 43 years. She was a member of the PEO Sisterhood for 75 years. Her latest hobby was bingo at OLOM, though she wasn’t always sure when she won.
Jean was the kindest, sweetest and gentlest soul with a deep faith in the Lord, a great sense of humor and the best mother and friend anyone could ask for. She will be deeply missed.
She is survived by her devoted daughter Julie C Kinley of Glenmont; loving brother Herbert G Paton of Longmont, Colo; 15 nieces and nephews and many grand nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her brother Robert Paton; and son-in-law James Kinley.
Her daughter would like to thank everyone at Our Lady of Mercy for their wonderful care of Jean during the past five years, especially Kemroy, BeBe, Sierra, Rebecca, Debbie and Alex, and cannot forget Guytano, whose performances she loved and greatly looked forward to; for friends who came to visit, especially Corinne Weeks and Brenda Dwyer. Also, to Hospice for their care and comfort during the last six months.
Jean’s family has chosen to follow the health guidelines in order to protect the health and well-being of their family and friends and will not hold any public services at this time. A celebration of Jean's life will be held at a later date which will be announced in the Times Union.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to: New Scotland Presbyterian Church, 2010 New Scotland Rd, Slingerlands, NY 12159 or Chapter AB, PEO Sisterhood, 288 New Rd, Nassau, NY 12123.