His friend, Kathy Bayt, a historian for the Women’s Auxiliary to American Legion Post 4 at 1314 Main St., gave him a plaque in memory of his wife. The angel statue was given to him by a neighbor.
“I was visiting with a neighbor who had two angel statues on the porch of her apartment,” Warren said. “I told her they were really nice and reminded me of my wife.”
Warren told the woman about the memorial he’d created outside the American Legion.
“My wife was the kind of person who no matter what pain she was in she was always ready to help someone out,” Warren said. “She was like an angel who helped everybody.”
A few days passed before Warren and his neighbor chatted again.
“She told me she wanted me to have the angel,” he said.
His memorial was complete, and had been left untouched until a few months ago.
After he discovered the angel was missing, he told friends and also mentioned it to the woman who’d originally given it to him.
“I asked if she’d be willing to sell me her other statue and she said she wouldn’t sell it at any price,” Warren said. “Then she told me this story.”
Warren said the woman told him that she’d purchased two angel statues years ago from a woman who made just five of them before she became very ill and could not make any more.
“I had a very special statue for my wife and now I can’t replace it,” Warren said.