Joyce Warthen, 62, worked for cancer awareness

May 09, 2002

Joyce A. Warthen, a homemaker who was a cancer awareness advocate, died Saturday of melanoma at her Violetville home. She was 62.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Violetville, Joyce A. McCarthy was a 1957 graduate of Southern High School.

She worked for several years at Travelers Insurance Co., and later was a community volunteer.

As an advocate for cancer awareness -- the disease was diagnosed in her four times -- Mrs. Warthen walked in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and participated in cancer survivor activities at St. Agnes HealthCare. She was a volunteer with the Don Miller House hospice and Wesley Home in Mount Washington.

She had been a season ticket holder to the Baltimore Orioles for more than 40 years, and attended most home games. She also collected team memorabilia.

Services were held Tuesday at Violetville United Methodist Church, where Mrs. Warthen had been a choir and board member.

Surviving are her husband of 43 years, Donald O. Warthen Sr., owner of the Warthen Fuel Co.; a son, Danny Warthen, and daughter, Karen L. Warthen; and her parents, Marion and Ann Taylor, all of Baltimore; and three grandsons. A son, Donald Warthen Jr., died in 1992.

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