Duker & Haugh Funeral Home


Royce Delphene Warren

Royce Delphene Warren

God called His faithful servant, Royce D. Warren, 76, of Quincy, IL, from labor to reward at 4:30 pm on Friday, February 14, 2020, at Blessing Hospital surrounded by family.

Our beloved Royce was born May 20, 1943, in Quincy, Illinois, to the late Clara Louise (Douglas) and Roy L. Watson. Royce received Jesus Christ as her personal Savior at an early age and the church remained an integral part of her life.

Royce was educated in the Quincy Public School system and graduated from Quincy Senior High School. After graduation, Royce received instruction in secretarial duties, word processing, and office procedures at Gem City College.

Royce was the consummate professional and believed in hard work. Her early jobs included being a Candy Striper at Blessing Hospital and later as a secretary at Colt Quincy Compressor. When she moved to Chicago, she had various Executive Assistant positions at: Chemetron Railway International and The Family Institute. Even when she 'retired' and moved back home to Quincy, she continued working and loved her position at Bergner's Department Store. Her last position of employment was as an Office Administrator at The Harvest Hills Retirement Center.

Royce was a faithful member of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. She served as the President of the Usher Board, a member of the Trustee Board, and also served as the Quarterly Conference Secretary. Royce loved attending Sunday School. When she became homebound and unable to attend, she continued to participate by calling in to listen and contribute to the lessons.

Royce had a zeal for life. She thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her friends, going to Washington Park to hear the Blues, reading, listening to NPR, completing crossword puzzles and jigsaw puzzles. She loved to travel and even found the Senior Day Trips enjoyable. She loved her independence and living alone yet could not live without her two cats, Precious and Chardonnay, who she referred to as her "daughters".

Royce was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Clara Watson; two sisters Marie Pleasant and Shirley Milsap, one brother Charles Lee Watson, one grandchild, Whitney Smith and one great-grandchild, Chance Bailey.

Royce leaves to cherish her memory her brother, Robert Norris Watson; four daughters: CharRoy Minor, Shirley Genel Burton, Adrian (Maurice) Johnson, and Ericka (James) Bailey; 15 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild and a host of beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

The Celebration of Life service will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, February 21, 2020 at the Duker & Haugh Funeral Home. Visitation will be at 12:00 noon. Rev. Carl Terry will Officiate, and Rev. James Bailey will provide the Eulogy. Interment will be at Greenmount Cemetery.

Submit a Condolence ›


Julie Kindhart
Quincy, IL
Oh no!!..such sadness to hear this..she was a huge help for me at her desk at H.H. so very nice and sweet.
Norris Watson
Peoria, IL
Dear Family and Friends,
This is a notice to inform you that I’ve moved on, I received a call from God February 14, 2020. He informed me that I have a home on High that was ready and to pack immediately! Although I had some unfinished business, He made an offer I couldn’t refuse!
My new home is finished and it’s located in an exclusive estate at a Serene Celestial Shore. I keep the gates and doors open because I have a big family, just like on Earth. I’m getting ready for a gathering with my Maw Maw and Paw Paw and my siblings. Man, I’m going to be glad to see them!
By the way Shirley and Jackie are back together making cakes and rolls that melt in your mouth. And let’s not Aunt Mary Jane waiting to start a Pokeno game, this time for fun.
I lived in other places, however, none of them can compare my new home. In addition to peace, joy and happiness here, there is no more pain. I can hardly wait for you all to come up and enjoy it with me. The streets are made of Gold and every day is Sunday, I’m told.
And to my family, don’t worry about me because I am living with the King. Continue to look after one another and love one another as we were taught. Grandkids take care of your parents. I Love you all and will miss you.
Don’t have a telephone yet, but call God. If you don’t have his number, he’s listed in the Good Book on every page. Let me give you all my new address.

Royce Delphine Warren
901 Pearly Gates Lane
Gods Town, Heaven 52043
Gretchen Mcbride Chavis
Columbus, OH
Love you R O Y C E
Love to the family.
Loraine, IL
So sorry for your loss sending thoughtsvand prayers. Im so glad i had the pleasure of meeting and knowing Royce. I miss our chats when I go visit my grandma at H.H.
Anita Johnson
Quincy, IL
Sending out prayers and condolences to the family she will surely be missed.