Carolene Kay Warren

Carolene Kay Warren (81) of Hitchcock, Texas, passed away on Thursday, March 9, 2023 at her home. She was born in Galveston, Texas to Maxine and Martin Rygaard, Sr. on September 11, 1941.

Kay is preceded in death by her mother and father Maxine and Martin Rygaard, her husband; Larkin Warren Jr., brother; Martin Pete Rygaard, Jr, grandson; Kaleb Giusti and great grand pups, Milly and Dash.

She is survived by:  daughter, Vickie Warren Farris, grandson Phillip (Buddy) Farris and wife Kaitlen and great grandchildren River, Emery, Andalyn, Waverly, and Raiden; daughter,  Dena Giusti Sloan, and husband Michael, granddaughters; Crystal Matthews and husband Billy, and Irina Turko Giusti, grandson, Clay Allen Jr., great grandson Jacob and great granddaughters;  Kylie, Selah, Eden, Aubrey and Avery;  son, William (Sarge) Warren and wife Stacy, grandsons; Alex and Chris Warren, granddaughters; Katie Warren, Lindsey, Hayley, Madison and Megan Arterburn , great grandsons, Benji and Oliver and great granddaughter, Paisley; daughter, Stacy Warren Ortiz and husband Roger, granddaughters; Nikki Ortiz Smith and husband Landon, Samantha Ortiz and her dude, Bradley Henderson and Kaci Ortiz, great granddaughters; Hayden and Karsyn, great grandson, Indigo (Indie)  and great grand pups, Pepper, River, Ellie and Moose; sister Sharon Connor, sisters-in-law; Carol, Lura, Lynda, Nancy and Rita and numerous nieces and nephews.

Kay graduated from Hitchcock High School. Received her certification as a licensed histologist from Alvin Community College in 1962, received special certifications in Boston, worked at Mainland Pathology and did typing for the Galveston County Medical Examiner’s office. She had a successful long career and retired in 1994.

She was a member of Galveston County Church formerly, First Baptist Church Hitchcock. She was a member of the friendship class, served on dozens of committees and taught Sunday school for 50+ years that included all of her nieces, nephews, grand-kids and great grand-kids.

Kay was a loyal fan to her Astros boys and loved to talk stats. One of her favorite memories was when Jeff Blum tweeted her and sent her a personalized video wishing her happy birthday from him, Julia and TK. One of her superstitions about her boys was with her neighbor across the street Lois Webb. They both loved the Astros and would talk about every game on the phone, from their own homes, the entire game.

Her hobbies included traveling, bowling, playing games, sitting on her porch, watching her birds and feeding her squirrels, Friday beauty shop days at Jackie’s with Sherry, Senior Swim days with her LOL’s (little old ladies) in Renelle’s pool, Wednesdays at Shirley’s, with Sherry and Net, monthly lunch outings with siblings Sherry, Marky, and Carol.  Kay loved drinking coffee, buttered popcorn, and Bluebell Vanilla ice cream, pancakes with her son-in-law Michael, going to coffee with Landon and his friend Brett, Aka her nephew, playing Bunko and Pokeno. She loved listening to piano music. Most importantly she was the founding and sole member of the neighborhood watch in Greenwood. If you needed to know something, I guarantee you she knew it.

Two things for sure you know about her…Her family was her greatest joy and she loved Jesus and her church!

A visitation will be held at the James Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque on Thursday, March 16, 2023 from 5:00pm-7:00pm.  A funeral service will begin at 1:00pm on Friday, March 17, 2023 at the Galveston County Community Church (6601 FM 2004, Hitchcock, TX 77563) with Pastor Taylor Wehrle officiating.

Pallbearers will be Clay Allen, Jacob Allen, Brett Connor, David Connor, Martin Connor, Kyle Cook, Bradley Henderson, Kevin Rygaard, Landon Smith, Alex Warren.

Honorary pallbearers: Roger Ortiz, Michael Sloan, Anthony (Pops) Jenkins, Joey Dieringer, Cary Rygaard, and Balue.



  1. Our very sincere sympathy.

    Dr. Keith & Diane Bellamy
  2. Kay was such a sweet and amazing person. I only met her one time when I went to Texas to visit. We became close and were in contact on Facebook. I’m so glad I got to meet you and I’ll miss talking to you. I love and miss you Kay!

    Your family member in NJ,
    Thora Rygaard

    Thora Rygaard
  3. Our deepest condolences.

    Frank and Wanda Kelemen
  4. So sorry to hear of Kay’s Passing, We went all thur High School together and Graduated High School in 1959.

    Sue Jane Sims Perry
  5. Diana and I and the Balinas Bunch will always treasure her faith, friendship and family. Our oldest grandson Conner was touched and transformed by Kay’s being his Sunday School teacher each week. She made our family feel welcome during our years at FBC Hitchcock. She has truly blessed many people in her days here.

    Lee& Diana Balinas
  6. I had only met Kay a couple of times and I absolutely loved her, every time I posted something on Facebook and someone commented I always knew it was Kay LOL. The sweetest soul ever. RIP sweet lady and I will miss our chats on FB. Prayers for your entire family and friends.

    Shannon Flowers
  7. Kay was one of the sweetest and kindest people I’ve ever known. I was so Blessed to have her in my life. The last time I was able to return to Texas for a visit, I had the pleasure of having lunch with Kay, Melody and my granddaughter Thora Rygaard. It was great reminiscing old times. She was loved by all and will be missed. Prayers for her family and friends. May she rest in eternal peace.

    Marion Gonsoulin Rygaard Stanton
  8. What a sweet, kind and loving person.
    My Condolences to her family and to her sister Sharon.
    I played Pekino with the both of them for years.
    Much love to the family.

    Lori Naquin
  9. As one of the remaining Rygaard cousins, I can say in all honestly that our entire family deeply mourns the loss of our sweet Kay. She was one of if the kindest and loyal people I’ve ever been lucky enough to meet. I love and will miss you forever, my dear cousin. Sleep in Heavenly peace. 💔

    Melody Rygaard Smith
  10. Matthew 11:28 – 30.

    Jim Martin

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