The entire Waring family would like to thank everyone for their prayers, love, support, and condolences on the passing of our Mom, Georgia May (née Babcock) Waring, who died peacefully on July 28th, 2023.
Georgia was born in Phoenixville, PA on April 21st, 1927, on Queen Elizabeth's first birthday. She grew up in Bayside, Queens, NY and graduated valedictorian from Bayside High School and Elmira College. She was known for her beauty and brains. She helped develop chemotherapy for pediatric leukemia while working at Sloan Kettering Institute in the early ’50s with Dr. Joseph Burchenal before becoming a mother to three boys.
She is pre-deceased by her loving husband and high school sweetheart, Joe, who died in his sleep on April 24, 2019, three days after Easter. She also outlived her sister, Marion Warbasse, and brother, John Babcock, as well as all her sister- and brother-in-laws. Her oldest son, Robin, died in January 2017 of diabetic complications. Middle son, Richard, lives in Arlington, MA, and youngest son Jim, with his wife Anne, lives in Corinth, NY. She is survived by nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Georgia lived to serve and was head of the St. Hilda’s guild for 42 years, helping to craft projects for the annual fundraising fair at St. John’s Church in Huntington, NY. Her home was always filled with love, humor, and ping pong. When relatives visited, she was known to offer “jungle breakfasts” in the form of individual boxes of cereal and bananas suspended from tree limbs in the back yard. Having a biologist for a mother meant that any wild creature brought home from the woods was always welcome to join the household. She was not afraid of mice or spiders. She was like Eve, naming the animals and plants, and even hand-fed baby robins and squirrels as well as raising cecropia moths.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 29, 2023 at 4 pm, at First Church in Belmont, 404 Concord Ave., Belmont, MA 02478.
Her inurnment will be on Saturday, October 7th, 2023 at 12 noon at Commack Cemetery, 450 Town Line Road, Commack, LI, NY.
All are welcome. A recording of her memorial service will be available shortly afterward.
There will be time in the memorial to express memories of our mother, whether in-person or conveyed to us here. She had many gifts to give her family and all those around her.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Alzheimer's Association at alz.org/donate or in her memory to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center at P.O. Box 5028 Hagerstown, MD 21741-5028.