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On Sept. 18, 2011, Cathy Ellen (Nii) Warren, of Boise, began her journey to Heaven after a brief but furious battle with gall bladder cancer.
Cathy was born on May 16, 1953 in Idaho Falls to Tsuneo and Amy Nii, the first of six children. She was raised on her familyâ€™s farm near Pingree and graduated from Snake River High School in 1971. She completed her formal education by earning an Associate Degree from Ricks College in Rexburg.
Cathy met the love of her life at a Christmas party in 1977. She and Jim married in March of 1981 and lived in the Seattle area until 1993. During those years, son Spenser and daughter Kelli were born. Cathy has always been so proud of their accomplishments, but even more proud of the adults they have become.
The family moved to Boise in August of 1993, in time for Spenser to start first grade. Cathy was a stay-at-home mom until Kelli began school, then decided to return to work. Cathy found a position at Mountain View Elementary, where she ran the school, cleverly disguised as the schoolâ€™s administrative assistant. She worked there for 12 wonderful years, making friends of teachers, students, and parents. Those who knew Cathy liked her, and those who knew her well loved her.
The Warren family would like to thank Dr. Bridges and the staff at MSTI in Meridian for their efforts and support during Cathyâ€™s battle. We would also like to thank the staff and faculty at Mountain View Elementary, the members of the Colehaven Ward, and all her friends for their love and support during this time.
Cathy is survived by her husband Jim; son Spenser of Midland, Texas; daughter Kelli of Boise; mother Amy Nii of Boise; sister Karen Orien (Harold) of Boise; brother Rob Nii (Gayla) of Shelley; sister Wendy Harris (Steven) of Meridian and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
Cathy was preceded in death by her father Tsuneo and sisters Lorraine and Kelly.
A memorial service is planned for Saturday, Sept. 24, at 10 a.m. at the LDS stake center 1111 S. Cole Road (next to the Boise Temple).
Everyone who knew Cathy is invited to attend and stay after to share memories.
In lieu if flowers, please make memorial contributions to Mountain View Elementary, through Boise Public Schools Education Foundation, 8169 W. Victory Road, Boise 83709 or online at boiseschoolsfoundation.com.