Mabel C. Warner

SILVER CREEK – Mabel C. Warner, 85, of Silver Creek, NY, passed away Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at her home following an extended illness. She was surrounded in death by her loving family.

Mrs. Warner was born in Silver Creek on June 1, 1928, the daughter of the late Raymond C. and Agnes E. (Erdle) Bebee.

She was a graduate of Silver Creek Central School, Class of 1946 and a member of the National Honor Society. After graduation Mrs. Warner was employed at the former Bartlett Oil. She worked at Petri Bakery for 12 years and was employed as a toll collector on the New York State Thruway for 25 years, retiring in 1990, at age 62.

Mrs. Warner spent the remainder of her life traveling, volunteering and enjoying life. She was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church, Silver Creek, where she served as both Elder and Deacon and sang in the church choir. Mrs. Warner also served on two Pastoral nominating committees. She was a past member of the former Priscilla Circle and a member of the Deborah Circle, serving as President for many years.

Mrs. Warner also served on a number of other various church related committees. She worked on the annual Geranium Sale and the Grape Pie sale during the Grape Festival. Mrs. Warner was active in numerous other organizations, committees and activities. She played on several bowling leagues including Thursday Morning Ladies League. Mrs.

Warner had also belonged to the former Fortnightly Club, the former Silver Creek Garden Club, Silver Creek Senior Citizens, Sheridan Happy Seniors, Tuesday Afternoon Book Club, the Lake Erie Bird Club, and volunteered for RSVP and at St. Columban’s on the Lake for over 20 years.

As an avid traveler, she had visited every state in the Union, with the exception of Texas. Mrs. Warner had also traveled extensively in Canada. She also went on many cruises, enjoying each and every port of call.

Mrs. Warner was an avid hiker, at age 84, she hiked a mile and a half on the Appalachian Trail in Maine.

She also was an enthusiastic “birder” and outdoor lover. Her binoculars were her constant companion.

Mrs. Warner loved to crochet gifts for her family and friends and was a self-taught quilter. Two of her favorite projects were patchwork quilts for her daughters. For many years, she saved old clothing from each daughter and herself. From these, Mrs. Warner made the quilts using patches from all their favorite clothes. Each is a beautifully done memory

“quilt.” Mrs. Warner loved her family, her friends and she loved “life” – especially living life.

Her survivors include two daughters, Kathleen (Richard) Ferri of Jamestown and Christine (Ted) Kennedy of Silver Creek.

Also surviving are a grandson Michael (Karrie) Sortore of Russell, PA and a great-grandson, Michael T. Sortore of West Seneca.

Besides her parents she was predeceased by a sister, Mildred Bebee Burns and by a brother, Marcus Carter Bebee.

Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Saturday from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m.

Funeral Services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the First United Presbyterian Church, 35 Park Place, Silver Creek, with Rev. Thomas Burian, officiating. Private Interment will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Silver Creek. A

Prayer Service will be held Saturday evening at 8 pm in the Funeral Home, led by Rev. Thomas Burian.

The family requests memorial donations may be made either to the First United Presbyterian Church, 35 Park Place, Silver Creek, NY 14136 or to HOSPICE Chautauqua County, Inc., 20 W. Fairmount Avenue, Lakewood, NY 14750. To post condolences go to