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Forest Park Westheimer Funeral Home and Cemetery

12800 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

OBITUARY

Gwendolynn L. Warkentin

May 19, 1942August 29, 2019
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Our beloved Gwen announces she is residing in her new Heavenly Mansion God prepared for her. HE has been patiently waiting with her, giving us extra time to spend with our precious soon-to-be angel. She joined our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and on August 29, 2019. We imagine she is showing Norwich Terriers and playing with Flamingos around her Heavenly Home. Past family and friends welcome her gloriously. We are sure they are joining the fun and laughter Gwen brought. About her Earthly history: She was born to Clarence Hanceford and Tessie Ethel Miles Hailey in Port Arthur, Texas, where she spent her early childhood and attended Franklin Elementary. After moving to Nederland, Texas, she attended Nederland Junior and High School, graduating in 1960. She went on to Lamar University and was a member of the Cardinal Marching Band. After college, she joined T. E. Moore Insurance Company, Beaumont, TX. In 1975, she moved to Houston to work for the Rathmill Insurance Agency. In 1977, Gwen met the love of her life, Robert (Bob) Warkentin on a scuba diving trip to Cozumel with her sister, Frances, and other friends. They fell in love at once. It was a dynamite, fun-filled and an incredible love affair. They married Sept. 7, 1985. She assisted Bob with their business, Southern Nikonos Service Center, specializing in servicing Nikonos underwater cameras. They travel scuba dive locations throughout the Caribbean, conducting repair workshops for Nikonos underwater cameras and enjoying diving too. She and Bob loved to travel and have enjoyed many Cruise Ship trips. Besides Bob, Gwen loved animals. She was a horse woman and owned horses until she moved to Houston. She had many canines but fell in love with Norwich Terriers which she raised, bred, trained and showed. Her Norwich Terriers were exceptional and earned many championships. She was an active member and officer in the Lone Star Norwich Terrier Club. Gwen loved her gardening, much like her mother, Tressie. On one dive trip, Gwen became enamored with Flamingos and amassed a large Flamingo sculpture collection for her garden. She transformed HER back yard into a beautiful tropical floral landscape surrounding a fish pond, fountains, vined and lighted pergola, benches, decorative table and lovely trees. She spent hours outside enjoying the soothing, healing garden and thanking God for its beauty. Cooking was another of her talents. Her friends remember New Year’s Day parties where she showed off her culinary skills. Her cooking, fun and spirit brought many smiles from friends. Bob bragged to hospital staff; “She can make concrete taste good.” Gwen is preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Tressie Hailey, daughter in law, Heather, sister, Gloria Derry, niece, Kelli Magley and nephew, Cody Streetman. She is survived by her husband, Bob Warkentin, of 34 years, sisters, Frances Boutin and Clarissa Streetman, nephew Kyle Streetman and his wife Sophie, great nieces, Chloe and Tiffany Streetman, and nieces, Amanda, Allison and Tori Streetman, nephews Michael Derry, Wesley Magley and his wife, Rozzy and Dylan Magley, great niece, Lillian Magley, great nephews, Conner and Jacob Magley and special friend Kenneth Erickson. The family will receive guests on Monday, September 2, 2019 for a Visitation from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM. The Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 2:00 PM. The family will receive guests one hour prior at 1:00 PM on Tuesday. All services will be held at Forest Park Westheimer Funeral Home, 12800 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77077.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, September 2, 2019
  • Visitation Tuesday, September 3, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, September 3, 2019
  • Committal Service Tuesday, September 3, 2019

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Diane Reyna

September 3, 2019

My sincere condolences to Gwen’s husband, family and friends.
Gwen and I met 12 years ago online. Gwen always found the good in people. She made me feel special as she did our mutual friends. We shared the love for animals and living life to the fullest. Our conversations always started with “ hows my girl” and ended with “ hugs and love my dear friend”.
Gwen was a beautiful person inside and out. She was a rare Gem. She was the sunshine on a gloomy day, the light at the end of a tunnel, hope when there was despair and she brought happiness to a day filled with sadness. The world was a better place with her in it and today when she is laid to rest, she will be one of God’s Angels watching over us. I was very blessed to have known her and will miss her very much. Until we meet again, hugs and love my dear friend.

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