Helen Rozelle (Guyton) Warren, 85, of Columbia, transitioned from this life into eternity on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at the University of Missouri Hospital.
The family will receive friends and relatives from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 16 at Parker-Millard Funeral Service and from 12:00-1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 17 at Progressive Missionary Baptist Church with a Homegoing Celebration following at 1:00 p.m. at the church. Interment will follow at Columbia Cemetery.
Helen Rozelle (Guyton) Warren was born on July 8, 1932 in Hannibal to the late Rev. John Rosline Guyton and Mrs. Oline Alice (Kelby) Guyton. She was the first of five children.
She was a graduate of Sumner High School in St. Louis in 1950.
In addition, she was the first African-American graduate of Central Missouri State University (now the University of Central Missouri) with a BS Degree in Business Administration - Secretarial Sciences in 1959. The University of Central Missouri honored her with a scholarship titled “The Sisters of Ujima Helen Guyton Warren Scholarship.” She was honored with a scholarship from Hickman High School in Columbia where she worked for many years as the librarian.
Music would become a centerpiece to her life. Beginning at age four, she began with playing the piano being taught by her mother. She became a student of German musicians. For more than 80 years, she would surround herself with music and choirs.
Helen was a leader of her family group, The Guyton Singers. She would serve as Music Director for Hickman High School, NAACP Choir, Eastern Star Singing Group, Mt. Carmel District Choir (28 years), Mt. Carmel District W.M.U. Choir, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Choir, St. Luke United Methodist Church, Log Providence Missionary Baptist Church Choir and Progressive Missionary Baptist Church Choir (43 years).
Helen touched people within, throughout the Columbia area with her musical abilities. Each year, she would play the piano within rotunda of the State Capital.
Helen was not only an inheritor of a gift, she was a distributor of the gift. She encouraged countless young people to learn to play the piano. Helisa Warren, Lynn Butler, Cathy Cox, Alex Plummer, and Chris Todd were a few of her students. Each of them became accomplished at the piano and organ. She encouraged and supported their growth personally and as musicians.
Helen has been a past member of the Kiwanis Golden K Club, Rainbow Kiwanis, NAACP, and Eastern Star Ladies Masonic.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Harold Warren Sr.; son, Harold Warren, Jr., both of Columbia; daughter: Helisa Warren of Frisco, Texas; daughter-in-law, Alisa Warren, of St. Louis; brother, Leon Guyton (Dee); sisters, Evelyn Butler, and Celestine (Raymond) Hayes; sister-in-law, Betty Guyton, all of Columbia; grandchildren; Harold Warren III, Haleigh Jones, Marisa Warren; two great-grandchildren: Tristin Cowgill-Warren and Coley Jones; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She is proceeded in death by her mother; father; and brother, John Guyton, Jr.
Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service & Crematory; 12 East Ash Street, Columbia, Mo., 65203; (573) 449-4153.
Condolences may be left online for the family at www.parkermillard.com.