Margaret Mary Ward

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Margaret Mary Ward

ASHLAND: Margaret Mary Ward, 91, A Faithful Woman with a Grateful Heart

Margaret Mary Ward, 91, of Ashland passed away Friday evening, November 1, 2013 in her home at the Bradford House at Brethren Care Village.

She was born January 1, 1922 to the late Roe and Alice (nee Ferguson) Oswalt in Mansfield, Ohio.

Following high school, Margaret attended Ashland College and graduated from the Ohio State University with a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Education. Margaret retired after many years of teaching in Shaker Heights, Lexington, Osborn Elementary in Ashland and also served as a principle at Jeromesville. She was also a licensed realtor.

She married the love of her life, Robert G. Ward Sr. on June 28, 1947. Margaret was a member of the First Christian Church and attended Trinity Lutheran Church.

She was co-founder of Ashland College Kindergarten. Margaret served on numerous committees and clubs throughout the Ashland Community. She enjoyed playing bridge, traveling with her family and grandchildren, spending time on Kelley's Island, and wintering in Florida.

Margaret will be deeply missed by her three daughters, Sally Ledbetter of St. Louis, Missouri, Polly (Bill) Chandler of Ashland and Nancy (Jeff) Patterson of Lakewood, Ohio; one son, Rob (Mindy) Ward of Ashland; six grandchildren, Billy (Erin) Chandler, Ryan (Kaitlin) Chandler, Chad Seeholzer, Robby, Maggie, and Johnny Ward; two step grandchildren, Todd (Jacquie) Patterson and Libby Patterson; two great grandchildren, Flynne and Ezra; one step great granddaughter, Ardyn; one sister, Jean Heitz of Mansfield; one brother, Dave (Bettye) Oswalt of Fairfax, Virginia; an aunt, Lois Landis of Waco, Texas; and many friends.

In addition to her parents, Margaret is preceded in death by her husband of 44 years of marriage, Robert G. Ward Sr. who passed away on December 9, 1991.

The Ward Family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the staff of Brethren Care Village for their unending care for Margaret during her five year residency.

Funeral services will be held, Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in the Trinity Lutheran Church with Reverend Sanford C. Mitchell and Dr. Don Rinehart officiating. Interment will take place in the Ashland Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday, November 5, 2013 in Jack's Place from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Margaret Ward Fund, in care of the Ashland Community Foundation, 300 College Avenue, Ashland, OH 44805.

For those who may not be able to attend, online condolences may be shared on the funeral home's website at

Denbow-Primm-Kemery Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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Denbow-Primm-Kemery Funeral Home
313 Center Street
Ashland, OH 44805
(419) 281-2566
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Published in the News Journal on Nov. 5, 2013
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