Virginia Bell Ward(1927 - 2013)

Virginia Bell Ward passed away at her home Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. Memorial service: 10 a.m. Saturday at Arlington Heights United Methodist Church. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Greenwood Funeral Home. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Arlington Heights United Methodist Church Choir. A native of Brady, Virginia was born May 22, 1927, and had lived in Fort Worth since 1955. She received a BA in music and speech and a master's degree in education from Texas Wesleyan University. Her 30-year career with the Fort Worth Independent School District included Stripling Middle School and Meadowbrook Middle School, where she was a music and drama teacher as well as counselor. She was a vice principal at both Eastern Hills High School and North Side High School. She also taught education classes at Texas Wesleyan University. In the early 1960s she did live television commercials for WBAP television. She was married to Dr. William A. Ward of Texas Wesleyan University for 37 years. Following her retirement, she volunteered for over 20 years at Harris Methodist Hospital where she served as a patient advocate, central information desk volunteer and auxiliary member. She was a member of the Texas Wesleyan University alumni board. She received the Caring Heart Award from Harris Hospital for her service to others. Music was a very important part of Virginia's life. She sang in the Polytechnic United Methodist, First United Methodist and, most recently, the Arlington Heights United Methodist Church choirs. She sang in the "Messiah" 73 years in a row and never missed a year. She was a founding member of the Harris Methodist Chorale. Virginia's life was one of service to others, love, joy and encouragement. The impact that she had on everyone with whom she came into contact cannot be measured or fully expressed. "Well done, thou good and faithful servant." Survivors: Her sons, Craig (Myrna) and David (Belle); daughter, Lisa (Judy); grandchildren, Samuel Forest Ward, Aaron Moore (Stephanie), Matthew Ward and Lyndsey Ward; great-granddaughter, Mia; and special daughter, Connie Ward. She is also survived by a host of former students from all over Fort Worth whose lives she touched in so many ways.

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Published in Star-Telegram from Jan. 24 to Jan. 25, 2013