June 6, 1916 - Dec. 10, 2013
EDWARDSBURG - Carrie C. Ward, 97 years old, of Edwardsburg, and formerly of Elkhart, passed to her rest on December 10, 2013, while a patient at Cass County Medical Care Facility in Cassopolis after a long illness. She was born June 6, 1916, in Edwardsburg, the daughter of Cloyd Penroe Gearhart and Hattie Maude (Smith) Gearhart. In Carrie's earlier years, she worked for Whitehall Laboratory in Elkhart, then became a full-time mother. She was married February 11, 1935, in South Bend, Indiana, to Richard D. Ward, and he passed January 29, 1996. Surviving are her two children, Laverne (Joyce) Ward of Edwardsburg and Sandra (David) Brenner of New Port Richie, Florida. There are 6 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren. Also there is one brother surviving, Merle 'Bud' (Donna) Gearhart of Niles. Family who have passed are her parents, her husband, Richard, one sister, Phyllis Henke, and three brothers, Richard Gearhart, John Gearhart and Earl Gearhart. The Service of Celebration of Her Life will be Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at 12 noon at the Granger Missionary Church, 50841 Birch Road, Granger. Family and friends may gather at the church from 10:00 AM -12 noon to visit with Carrie's family. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Gardens, Granger. Memorial donations may be made to the Granger Missionary Church, 50841 Birch Rd., Granger, IN 46530. Arrangements are by the Paul E. Mayhew Funeral Home, 26863 West Main St., Edwardsburg, MI 49112-0024.