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Obituary Condolences

Margery Ann (Temple) Ward

August 12, 1923 - March 21, 2013


Beloved wife of the late Herbert E. Ward, DDS, passed away peacefully on March 21, 2013, at the age of 89 at Spring Lake Village in Santa Rosa, California. Marge spent her life nurturing others with love, faith and kindness. Marge was very proud of all her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is survived by her oldest son, Richard E Ward, MD & his wife Jackie of Sacramento, her second son, the Reverend James S. Ward and his wife Janet of San Rafael and her daughter Jennifer L. Ward and her partner, Greta Nicholson of Culpeper, VA.


She is survived as well by her grandchildren Rachel Chittick and her husband Brad; Caleb Ward; Sophia Montero and her husband Antonio, Clayton Rosati and his wife Monique; Luther Ward and his wife Lisa; Wesley Rosati and his wife Kelly; Philip Rosati; Erik Ward and his wife Emma; Steven Ward; Karen Ward; Matthew Ward and Kristen Ward. Additionally she is survived by 13 great grandchildren.


Margery was born in Sioux City, Iowa on August 12, 1923, the second of three daughters of William Warner Temple and Helen Gilbert Temple. The family moved to Livermore, California when Margery was 18 months old. Marge and her sisters Fran and Mary attended Livermore Elementary School and Livermore Union High School. After graduating from high school, Marge moved to San Francisco to attend Lux Institute for Young Women. During clinical training for her degree in Medical Dental Assisting, she met her future husband, Herbert who was a senior at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, which later became the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry. After graduation, Marge worked at Children's Hospital of the East Bay outpatient clinic. After six months, Marge joined Herb who was stationed at Farragut Naval Station in Couer D'Alene, Idaho. They were married on October 29, 1943 at Farragut in a union that lasted for 54 years.


When Herb was sent overseas, Marge moved back to SF where their oldest son Richard was born. Herb returned from sea duty and when Richard was 2 ½ years old, James was born, followed by Jennifer 3 ½ years later. Marge was involved in the usual activities with her children: Mother's Club, Cub Scouts, Brownie Scouts, PTA and Parents' Club at Lick Wilmerding High School. The family was active in St. Francis Episcopal Church for 40 years. Marge was a member of the Altar Guild, Episcopal Church Women, Choir Mothers, Acolyte Mothers and Lay Pastoral Care. She delivered Meals on Wheels for 14 years. After she and Herb moved to Sonoma County in 1984 she continued her community service by transporting abused children to counseling appointments. Upon moving north, Marge and Herb joined St. Patrick's Episcopal Church in Kenwood, and Marge remained an active member there until she was no longer able to attend.


A memorial Eucharist will be celebrated on Saturday, April 6, 2013, 11:00 a.m. at the Spring Lake Village chapel, Spring Lake Village 5555 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa, California 95409.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to St. Patrick's Episcopal Church, 9000 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood, CA 95452; The University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, 2155 Webster Street, San Francisco, CA 94115; The Bishop's Ranch 5297 Westside Road, Healdsburg, CA 95448; or Sutter Hospice, 1110 N Dutton Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95401


Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Mar. 27 to Apr. 3, 2013
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