Emeline, affectionately called "Em" (Dorland) Ward, passed away on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born April 25, 1921, the youngest of six children born to Frank and Mamie Dorland of Elizabeth. She was preceded in death by her husband, of 43 years, Burton Henry Ward Jr., and her oldest son, Burton "Buddy" Henry Ward III. Em moved to Vineland with her family when she was 10 years old. She graduated from VHS in 1939 and worked for more than 34 years in the meat department at both A&P and then Shop-n-Bag. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church serving as a Communion Stewardess with her daughter. As a 60 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star of New Jersey, which is a religious charitable organization, she served in many leadership capacities such as the Worthy Matron, and Grand Representative of Maryland. She loved being with her family, playing cards with her long time friends, going to see shows in New York City and Philadelphia, and shopping.
She is survived by her children, William J. Ward Sr. and Dorothy Mae Gardner and their spouses, Carole (Hogg) Ward and K. Ronnie Gardner. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Richard "Ricky" Ward, William J. Ward, Jr., Shelly Ward Richards and Ronald K. Gardner, Thomas P. Richards Sr. and Valarie (Vanaman) Ward; her great-grandchildren, Katelyn Conesky Ward, William J. Ward, III, Madison E. Richards, Abigail L. Ward, Thomas P. Richards II, Tyler D. Ward and Luke R. Ward; and honorary grandchildren, Marnie Hendershott and Deanne Dounoulis
Funeral home visitations will be held on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. and again Friday from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. at Rone Funeral Service, 1110 E. Chestnut Ave., Vineland. A funeral liturgy will be held Friday at 11 a.m. from First United Methodist, Seventh Street and Landis Avenue, Vineland. Interment will follow in Siloam Cemetery, Vineland.
Arrangements are under the supervision of Rone Funeral Service, 1110 E. Chestnut Ave., Vineland.
Donations in memory of Em can be made to Bishop McCarthy Auxiliary, P.O. Box 337, Vineland, NJ 08360; First United Methodist Church, 700 E. Landis Ave., Vineland, NJ 08360; or Shekinah Chapter No. 82, 1118 Pear St., Vineland, NJ 08360.
To send online condolences, please visit the funeral home website at www.ronefuneralhome.com.