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Marlene Ann Warren-Gasper

January 1, 1938June 26, 2020

Warren-Gasper, Marlene Ann, went home to the Lord on June 26, 2020. She was born in Oakes, North Dakota on January 1, 1938. She leaves to mourn her husband David Gasper, married Jan. 2003. Her children Ron & Christine Williams, Brent & Denise Warren, Chris & Veronica Bligh and grandchildren, Jennifer Williams, Christopher & Kayla Warren, Michael & Marissa Brickner, Kyle Bligh, TJ & Chelsey Ewing and precious great granddaughter Trinity Ewing. Sister in Law Linda Ross. Marlene was preceded in death by beloved husband Don Warren, parents George and Pearl Christenson, brothers Gerald A. & Ronald W. Christenson, sister in law Jolene Christenson. Marlene grew up on a farm in North Dakota. She came to California after graduating from business college, met and married Don, and moved to the Antelope Valley where she lived for the past 60 years. Marlene graduated nursing school in 1975, worked as a critical care nurse and a nursing instructor at Antelope Valley College until she retired in 1997. Marlene was a longtime member of Grace Lutheran Church where she was active in the bell choir and other church activities. Marlene loved cross stitching, travel and was an avid bridge player along with David and an ACBL member. She also worked tirelessly for the Relay for Life. Family graveside service was requested at Joshua Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers; donations may be made to: Grace Lutheran Church or the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

A private Graveside Service will be held per family's request. Thank you.


  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, July 2, 2020


Marlene Ann Warren-Gasper

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Angela Christenson

July 8, 2020

Marlene was my Godmother and dearest Aunt. Even though we never lived in the same state, Marlene was ever-present in my life. She was a powerful matriarch and had a seemingly endless capacity to care for, advise and guide the Christenson Clan. Marlene was my Dad's "big sister" and one of the only people on the planet that could really make my Dad sit back and take a pause, think and approach life's unexpected challenges with grace. She was a wonderful mentor, teacher and role model. Her nursing experience was invaluable, especially when she was by my side for weeks in 2015 while I faced (and overcame) my own health crisis. People always told me that I favored my Aunt Marlene; not only is there an unmistakable visual resemblance, but I hope I also emulate her strength, perseverance and capacity to care for the people I love. I will miss her pragmatic viewpoint, tendency to be a little stubborn and unconditional love. Marlene treated me and my siblings like we were her own children and I always knew she would be there if I needed her. Now, I am at peace knowing she is reunited with my father and they are both looking down on all of us from heaven.

Diane Morrow

July 5, 2020

Marlene and I made our connection being in the same nursing class. I , a fearful 19 yr old and she , a mature mother. I marveled at her confidence. I watched her from afar....... her study practices and clinical applications. We learned under the great leadership of Rae Yoshida who seemed so pleased when Marlene was in her rotation. Marlene continued to be a leader in our class and paved our way to success. I am grateful for her example in nursing , and very thankful for her daughter Christine( as she always called her😊) Christine became the best educator and clinical instructor I have had the pleasure to work alongside. You will be sorely missed Marlene but your legacy lives on through those you have influenced in grand and marvelous ways!! May her memories sustain her family through this difficult time♥️

Cathy Ewing

July 2, 2020

My deepest condolences to Marlenes family. She not only was my favorite Instructor in Nursing school from 91-93 , but I feel she was also my mentor. She continued to follow me as she helped me get a job in ICU at LCH and was so grateful. She was such a loving and caring person , and I was blessed to have learned from her. I know And was Blessed to have worked with Chris and Ron for years. Chris is just as smart as her mom. That Apple did not fall far from the tree .
I was so grateful for everything she taught me. I hope that I served as an RN and made her proud .
I moved from the AV 9 years ago , but was out to breakfast with a friend in Lancaster right before I moved and was so surprised and blessed that Marlene and her husband were sitting right next to us. We actually pushed our chairs and tables closer together to visit , and i found it to be such fun!!!
I hope God gives you strength and Joy from memories over these difficult next few weeks -months. I am praying for you all now .
With Love, Cathy Ewing

Sandy Robinson

July 2, 2020

I knew Marlene as a nursing instructor at Lancaster Community Hospital when I worked in the Critical Care Unit with her daughter Chris.
Marlene always was friendly, professional and diligent in her interactions with others and her students.
She most assurely touched many lives especially nursing students, leaving a great legacy for her contributions to the future generations.
I am sure the family has many fond memories to bring a smile to their faces when thinking of her.
To the family, take care, Marlene rest in peace. Knowing how she was, I bet she is looking down over her family.

Linda and Bobby Ross

July 2, 2020

May God be with all of you during this sad time. We send our prayers and sympathy and wish we could have been closer to hug everyone. May all of our great memories bring us continued joy. I know that her brother Chris has accepted her with open arms and that they will be together in Heaven smiling down on us. Love to all of you. Rest In Peace my dear "sister." Linda and Bobby

Kim Smith

July 1, 2020

Marlene was my one and only preceptor @ LCH in June of’92. I got one day to precept and had an ICU pt that had multiple pressors and I was gonna either sink or swim-swim I did!! What a wonderful lady, mentor, mother, grandma and all around person!! Praying for your family-Kim

Lyn DiBernardo

June 30, 2020

I was never a student of Marlene’s. I did however, have the pleasure of working with her and her students on the Medical/Surgical floor that I managed at Lancaster Community Hospital. What a wonderful experience that was! She was tough, no mistake - a no nonsense woman who expected you to know your stuff. And, if you didn’t, well, you did tomorrow. But she mentored, molded and schooled some of the finest, most compassionate, dedicated nurses I have ever worked with, and this she taught by example. Most of these nurses are still practicing , and I’m sure that most are mentoring a few “newbie RN’s” of their own, and so carry on the legacy that is Marlene. And that is quite a legacy. Sincere condolences to the family from this RN who will miss the formidable Mrs. Warren.

Cindy Heining

June 30, 2020

I never had Marlene as a student but I learned from having her students on my floor. She was tough but you learned what was expected as an RN after graduation.

Thank you for sharing your love of nursing and setting such a wonderful example for all of us. Please rest in peace.

Judy Sumner

June 30, 2020

I worked with Marlene for many years in the ICU at Lancaster Community Hospital and have so many fond memories, including Christmas parties, shifts worked together, and more! She was an excellent nurse, so compassionate, and I wish her eternal peace and comfort. Prayers and hugs for her family.

Judy Sumner