An Old Lady Who Kept Herself Young by Helping Other People – Senior Companion Retires at Age 95
Katie Warner was honored on March 9 in celebration of her official retirement on March 23 as a Heritage Place Station Senior Companion; one day before her 95th birthday. As of March 9, Warner is the oldest living Companion joining the Senior Companion Program, locally sponsored by Catholic Charities, in 1999.
Katie said that she would like to be remembered as “an old lady who kept herself young by helping other people.”
During the celebration she was presented with a certificate and red roses by Ellen Brown, Senior Services Director, Catholic Charities, Ruth Ann Hankins, Executive Director, Heritage Place and Ann Homrighous, Heritage Place Home Services and Station Manager. Her fellow Senior Companions roasted her with funny, witty and sentimental remarks. Warner was described as dedicated, compassionate, funny, friend and fashionista! Over the years, Warner modeled elaborate, colorful and one-of-a-kind fashions during Spring Fling and Holiday Celebration; the annual luncheons presented by Heritage Place.
Before becoming a senior companion, she enjoyed motherhood raising four children Robert, Ronald, Nancy and Gwendolyn and grew her career from custodian, nurse’s aide, to supervisor of housekeeping at a local hospital.
Warner was born Katie Johnson, March 24, 1922 in River Rouge, Michigan near Detroit. In 1933, at age 11, Warner’s mother moved the family to Indianapolis to be close to extended after her father died. She has one sibling, Philista, who died two years ago.