Becky Ward (1954 - 2015)

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Becky Ann Ward
1954 - 2015
Becky Ward died July 29, 2015, from colon cancer. That afternoon she was telling her husband how to pay bills, and by evening her three children and her husband said their private goodbyes and told her it was okay to go. She died as she lived, without complaint.
She dictated this in her final night: "As I pass through this life onto the next, I will forever be looking after my grandchildren Mason, Maia, Morgan, and Evelyn. I am proud of my children Zoe, Zack, and Cassie. My family knows how I feel about them: mother, mother-in-law, sisters, brother, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, son-in-law, nieces and nephews."
Her request was to be cremated, her ashes spread on her land near Kuna, and no services be held.
Who was Becky?
She did not abide mean-spirited people, but if you had a streak of goodness in you, she found it. Her children's friends became her friends, and she remembered their names and their stories.
When family was involved, Becky was game. If the kids had a ball game, she went as a fan or scorekeeper. If they went to a concert, she went. If there was a Halloween party or a rafting trip, she went. She took her six-week-old newborn tent-camping in the wilderness. On another wilderness trip on horseback, her mount pitched her off. She opted for another camping pastime of reading books beneath pine trees.
She did not fish or hunt, though her husband did. One morning on Henry's Lake she motored out in a jonboat to his float tube, fired up a Coleman stove, and cooked bacon and eggs.
Becky worked as a bookkeeper, typesetter, office manager, and business owner.
She grew up on a farm in the Huston area near Caldwell and married Cotton Ward, a fellow Vallivue High School graduate. They lived in Portland for five years. They left there in a broken Datsun pickup and tiny camper to travel in Mexico for six weeks. They returned back home with 73 cents.
She and Cotton were married 41 years.
Becky was adventurous, fun, and kind.
Two nights before she died, she told her sister, "Jody, don't be sad." Becky was the consoling one.
That's who Becky was.

Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Aug. 2, 2015