Joyce Eleanor Wilson Ward

07/11/1931 - 01/06/2015 Obituary
Joyce Eleanor Wilson Ward Obituary
Joyce Eleanor Wilson Ward, in her 84th year, passed from this life to the arms of her Heavenly Father on January 6, 2015. Mama was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Ione Nehring and beloved husband (2002) of 52 years, our dad, Russell. She has four children who are going to miss her terribly - Richard (Trudy) of Bakersfield, CA., Christopher (Nancy) of Calabasas, CA., Wendy (Rod) Livingston, CA., and Randall of Livingston, CA. She has eight grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. Brother David (Carol) Nehring and nephews and nieces, and sons and daughters both biological and courtesy due to Mama's amazing ability to love and be loved by everyone with whom she came in contact.
Mama was born in Bakersfield, California on July 11, 1931. She attended Bakersfield High School and Bakersfield College where she was a Song Leader. She worked for many years as an Instructional Assistant in the Special Education Department at North High School. Mama had the most beautiful singing voice, played the piano, and was a talented decorator and artist. She could write poems and clever rhymes at the drop of a hat. Her great love was our dad and life was never the same after he passed, though she triumphed over her greatest sadness, to be there for her children and grandchildren. She and our dad, members of the church of Christ, were faithful devout Christians, who raised their children in the church and taught their children to love the Lord.
Our deepest thanks go out to the men and women of Grace Home skilled nursing facility in Livingston, California, who patiently and lovingly cared for our mother in her final year.
A private family burial is planned in Bakersfield. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Parkinson's research -
Gone From My Sight
by Henry Van Dyke
I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side, spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and startsfor the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speckof white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other. Then, someone at my side says, "There, she is gone."Gone where? Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast, hull and spar as she was when she left my side. And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port. Her diminished size is in me -- not in her. And, just at the moment when someone says, "There, she is gone,"there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, "Here she comes!"
No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things that God has prepared for those who love Him. 1 Corinthians 2:9
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Jan. 10, 2015
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