Jo Ann Ward began her boating trip to heaven on May 26, 2013, after passing away at home with her family beside her. She was born to Wilbur and Jeanette (Gleason) Ulery on Feb. 12, 1936 in Mount Vernon, Ohio.
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She will stop by the Erie Canal on her way to make up for missing the yearly trip she and her husband took every year in a pontoon boat they had fixed up as a camper. This was a favorite time for them and they always made sure their dog accompanied them. While on earth, between boating trips on Flathead Lake, Canyon Ferry Lake, Muskingum River, Erie Canal, an ocean cruise, and putting in flower beds, she spent 40 years as a registered nurse working in hospitals and doctors' offices in Ohio as well as running a dental clinic for indigent children for five years.
In 1972, she moved with her family to Bozeman and worked at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital from 1972 until 1991. Upon returning to Ohio in 1991, due to her husband's health issues and needing to help care for her mother and mother-in-law, she worked as a Hospice nurse for eight years.
JoAnn graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1954 and nurses training school in Cleveland Ohio in 1957, before marrying William D. Ward in 1958. It was a roller coaster of a marriage until they both found the love of God through Jesus together. In 2005, she moved back to Bozeman to live with her daughter and son-in-law and their family after the death of her husband in 2002.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilbur and Jeanette (Gleason) Ulery; her mother- and father-in-law, Walter and Virginia (Siders) Ward; her brother, Frank Ulery; her sister-in-law, Wilma Conard; and her husband.
She is survived by her children, Scott (Cindy) Ward of Bozeman, Sandy (Dan) Archer of Bozeman, and Shawn (Karla) Ward of Fargo, N.D.; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Mary Jo Ulery of Ohio; special friend, Vanita Perkins of Bozeman; and her special friends that make up the Hospice Survivors Group in Ohio.
She was very proud of her children, children-in-law, grandchildren and their families and very much enjoyed being able to be a part of the events in their lives. Memorials may be donated to Hospice c/o Bozeman Deaconess Foundation, 931 Highland Blvd., Bozeman, MT 59715 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at First Presbyterian Church, with a reception to follow.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on June 2, 2013