Minnie Lee Ward
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Minnie Lee Boone Ward born January 25, 1916; passed away on Saturday, July 19th at the age of 98.
Mrs. Ward was born in Jackson, the daughter of Otha and Maggie Boone and grew up in Jackson/Madison County. She graduated from Jackson High School in 1935 and married Casey Ward, her next door neighbor on Highland Avenue. They met when she was 9 and he was 8 years old. After marriage she moved to Fort Pillow State Prison with Casey where he was a guard. Upon returning to Jackson she worked with her mother-in-law, Beady Ward Moore at Barbara Lane Dress Shop next to Woolworth. She later worked for many years at Rosenblooms Department Store.
Mrs. Ward was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Casey Glenn Ward. He was her rock and she missed him terribly; he was the love of her life and she wished for him daily. She also was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph Otha Boone and Maggie Hall Boone of Jackson; brother, Ewell Jack Boone, wife, Vera of Nashville; sister, Gladys Ophelia Boone of Jackson; sister, Janet Boone Black of Bolivar, husband, Howard Vincent Black; sister, Billie Boone Ward of Jackson, husband, Otis Ward, and Mildred Boone Wagner of Jackson.
She is survived by her only son, Joseph Glenn Ward, wife, Brenda Katherine Jones Ward; 2 grandsons, Joseph Glenn Ward, Jr. and John Brent Ward, wife, Penny; great-grandchildren, Nicholas Blake Ward, William Casey Ward and Ireland Sofia Ward, all of Jackson. She is survived by nieces, Ellen Beatrice Ward Arnold, husband, Van and their 3 children; niece, Betsy Boone Ward Roudebush and husband Lee; niece, Cynthia Black Hook and husband Errol, and their 3 children; nephew, Howard Black and wife Cathy, and their 2 children; nephew, Mark Wagner and wife Debbie, and nephew, John Boone and daughter. In addition, she is survived by many grand nieces and nephews, and she loved them all, including a very close cousin, Mary Ann Hall Goodwin of Germantown, who is also 98.
She had a deep appreciation of her family and friends, and joined the Order of the Eastern Star in 1945, and continued to be a member of this organization as long as her health permitted. She served in many capacities: Associate Matron in 1949 serving with her husband as Associate Patron, Selected as Worthy Matron in 1950 serving again with her husband as Worthy Patron, selected as Grand Representative for Tennessee in 1958, as Grand Deputy in 1973, Grand Instructor for OES in 1983, Grand Chaplin in 1989. She was a member of the Gavel Club and Woman's Club.
In 1958, she was asked to become the Mother Advisor for the International Order of Rainbow Girls. She served many girls from Jackson/Madison County not only as the local Mother Advisor, but in 1972, she became Mother Advisor for the State of Tennessee. She served the Rainbow Girls until she retired in 1992 having served for 34 years. She was known as "Mammy" by her beloved Rainbow members.
In January 2006, she was treated to a surprise 90th Birthday Party at the Jackson Country Club. On behalf of Jackson Mayor Charles Farmer, Madison County Mayor Jerry Gist presented her a joint proclamation that declared January 25th as Minnie Lee Ward Day in the City of Jackson and Madison County, Tennessee.
She believed and saw the best in all people, which exemplified her life as a witness for the Lord. She was a member of Northside United Methodist Church.
Many people have been blessed by knowing her and the dedication she had for helping others. As a 30 year breast cancer survivor, she counseled many women about the surgery and helped eliminate some of the fears they expressed prior to the procedure.
The family would like to thank Maplewood Health Care, especially the nurses of Hall 5, Melissa, Mary and Robin, as well as the entire staff for the excellent care and compassion they had for her. She was selected as the Resident of the Month for July 2013.
Visitation and funeral services will be held at Lawrence-Sorensen Funeral Home. Visitation will be Wednesday, July 23rd from 5-7 p.m., and again on Thursday, July 24th from 11 a.m. to time of service at 1:30 p.m. Dr. Don Thrasher will officiate. Burial will be in Ridgecrest Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Northside United Methodist Church or the
Lawrence-Sorensen Funeral Home, 731-424-2424.
Lawrence-Sorensen Funeral Home
403 East Baltimore Street
Jackson, TN 38301
Published in The Jackson Sun from July 21 to July 23, 2014