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Mother Laura A. Warren was born on November 4, 1947 in Hannibal, Missouri, to Deacon George and Mother Rosalie Porter. At the age of four, Laura began singing lead with her older sister, Edna, and brother, George in a group known as the “Gospel Ambassadors.” In their first event, they placed first and won ten silver dollars.

Laura loved going to church as a child and her pastor named her the baby of the church. At the age of nine, her family moved to Des Moines, Iowa, where she met the “Love of Her Life,” Roland H. Warren.

She attended New Jerusalem Church of God in Christ, Pastor Bishop M. W. Goodman. Bishop and Mother Goodman had encouraged her parents to move to Des Moines because it was more integrated. Other churches she was a member of were Mission temple Church of God in Christ, Pastor Bishop E. A. Tindrell and Forest Avenue Gospel Temple Church of God in Christ, Pastor Bishop A. B. Carter, Sr. In each church, she loved singing in the choir and performed many different duties.

She graduated from Des Moines Technical High School in 1965, and worked for Banker’s Life Insurance Company for a year. She moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to support her mother, who was pursuing a degree in Tailoring. Her mother moved back to Des Moines, but she stayed in Milwaukee. She was employed at E. R. Wagner Mfg. Company in the Accounting Department for five years and attended college at night.

She went to Elite Church of God in Christ, Pastor George Perry. She worked under Mother Perry on projects in the church, which provided her with more training. She was selected as one of the leaders for the Wisconsin Community Choir, which travelled all over the United States singing song to the Glory and Honor of God. God blessed the choir to make three albums – one in Nashville, Tennessee and two in Chicago, Illinois. They recorded all albums with no re-takes, which was done in only one setting for each album. The choir was truly blessed. After living in Milwaukee for five years, she once again moved back to Des Moines to help her mother care for her ailing father. She then worked for National Travelers Life Insurance Company for thirty-two years in the Accounting Department, retiring in 2003.

Three things Laura felt very strongly about were the role of parents, they were the main influence in her physical and spiritual life; the role of being a helpmate to her husband in his forty-four years of ministry; and the strong belief that God was using her to help other people. That is something she always did and continued to do up until the end – help other people.

Mother Warren is the wife of Pastor Roland H. Warren, Sr. for forty-two years, and step-mother of three children, Anita Warren, Diane Warren, and Roland Warren, Jr. She was grandmother of seven, and great-grandmother of ten, and one more coming soon. She is also survived by her siblings, Edna Porter of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Dennis Porter of Des Moines, and Arny Sykes of Inkster, Michigan.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 14, 2019 at Faith Tabernacle Church of God in Christ, 131 9th Street, West Des Moines. Visitation will be held from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will be held at Glendale Cemetery. The family invites guest to join them following the burial for a luncheon to be held at Eddie Davis Community Center, 1312 Maple Street, West Des Moines.

“Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” Psalms 37:4

Service Details

Visitation:
Friday, June 14, 2019
9:00 to 11:00 am
Faith Tabernacle Church of God in Christ
131 9th Street
West Des Moines
Service:
Friday, June 14, 2019
11:00 am
Faith Tabernacle Church of God in Christ
131 9th Street
West Des Moines
Disposition:
Glendale Cemetery
Des Moines
Arrangements:
Hamilton's Funeral Home
605 Lyon Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
(515) 243-5221

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