Legacies Project- Jean Warren

“Just a little country girl going all the way to Africa all by myself.”

That’s how Jean Warren explained why she thought people were worried about her going to Nairobi, Kenya at the age of 88. But by her estimation, she couldn’t think of any reason not to go. Her husband had passed away, and one of her sons worked there as a missionary. She wanted to be with him, and she said, “If God’s going to take care of me, what do I have to be afraid about?”

Listen to a tidbit of her story here:

Ms. Warren’s gumption and faith is a great example of the kind of legacy so many of us hope to leave. Our life experiences are not always limited to our beautiful state, and these adventures away truly shape who we are and the way we impact the people we meet.

These stories weave the fabric of our state. Each individual adding color and texture, coming together and moving apart. Documenting these stories is possible through a partnership with University of Virginia’s radio station, WTJU. University of Virginia’s bicentennial celebration takes place this year, and recording the legacies of the state’s eldest members is part of that celebration.

Mrs. Warren is a treasured member of our community at Commonwealth Senior Living at The Ballantine. Feel free to reach out if you’d like to visit our community or ask Mrs. Warren about her time in Kenya. We’d love to hear from you!