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Catherine Joyce Ward

Catherine Joyce Ward died on September 23, 2012 in her sleep. Almost into her 101st year of life she was a native of Ireland, but a long time resident of Palos Verdes Estates, California. Catherine will be remembered for her infectious laugh, her frugality, her devout Catholic faith and her dedication to family. Born on December 11, 1911, in Cloonfad, Ireland; Catherine was Patrick Joyce and Bridget Higgins' second child in a family of four daughters. In 1924, at the age of 12, she left Ireland to join her family in Chicago, Illinois. In Chicago, she married the late Richard Ward, Sr. on August 10, 1935. Together they had five children, Richard Jr., Mary Joyce, Thomas and fraternal twins, Phillip and Marilyn. Richard worked as an executive for the Santa Fe railroad and he and Catherine moved 13 times around the U.S. until they settled in southern California in 1957. Catherine is survived by her five children, nineteen grandchildren and twenty-four great grandchildren. Her funeral memorial will take place on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 10: a.m. at her parish church, St. Lawrence Martyr, Redondo Beach. Private burial will immediately follow the Memorial Mass at Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City. She will be remembered as a fiercely independent, dedicated mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Gifts in memory of Catherine may be made in her name to: Little Sisters of the Poor, 2100 South Western Avenue, San Pedro, CA 90732. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Oct. 25, 2012
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