Doctor Carmen Isabel Warren Chioco, 80, of Norman, Oklahoma, joined our Heavenly Father on July 25, 2018 surrounded by family and loved ones in Oklahoma City. A visitation and vigil service will be held at Havenbrook Funeral Home in Norman on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 7p.m. A celebratory Mass will be held at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church in Norman on Friday, August 10, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. with Reverend Robert T. Wood officiating.
Affectionately known as “Menchit” to dear friends, Carmen was born in Manila, Philippines on November 19,1937. She was the sixth of nine children of Milagros Gonzales Musngi and Jose Paterno Warren, Sr. As a young child, Carmen was tutored in piano, Spanish dancing and ballet. As a young college student, she was crowned Miss Manila during a national beauty contest.
Carmen is survived by siblings: Remedios Warren Halili , Angelia Warren Abes, Maria Paz Warren Foronda and Ildefonso Warren, her children: John Chioco, John and Carolyn Wilder, Tom and Cynthia Conroy, Joey Chioco, Steve and Cecile Yager and Jamie Chioco, her grandchildren: Sidney and Sarah Wilder, Camryn Conroy, Chase and Dillon Fraser, Noah and Grace Yager, and extended family. She is preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Jose Sideco Chioco, her parents, Jose and Milagros Warren, Sr., and siblings: Jose Warren Jr., Mariano Warren, Luis Warren, Antonio Warren, Jose Diego Paterno Warren.
Carmen graduated from the University of Santo Tomas High School. Before earning a Doctor of Medicine degree at the UST Faculty of Medicine, Carmen married Jose, a fellow medical student, at a neighboring University and started their family. After moving to the United States, Carmen worked at psychiatric institutions in Virginia and Mississippi before settling her family in Norman, Oklahoma. Carmen joined Jose in starting a successful private practice and moved on to the University of Oklahoma Medical School to pursue her passion for teaching psychiatry. In addition, she obtained the position of Department Head of Psychiatry at the Veterans Administration of Oklahoma. Carmen served in various leadership positions for the Philippine Medical Association of Oklahoma and assisted with the organization of several medical mission trips to the Philippines. In 1995, Carmen was honored at the National Memorial Service for victims of the Oklahoma City bombing for her tireless volunteer efforts to provide trauma and grief counseling for victims and their families. Carmen enjoyed gardening, classical music, world travel, family vacations and caring for her pets. In her later years, Carmen was an active member of Couples for Christ in OKC.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association at http://www.diabetes.org
The family wishes to extend its gratitude to the Philippine Medical Association and Couples for Christ, where she cultivated many longtime friendships and received prayer and support, especially during her final days.
Lastly, Carmen’s devoted family finds peace and comfort in the promise of this biblical verse, “Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her.” Timothy 1:45