Eloise Ward (1924 - 2016)

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Eloise Ruth Ward
1924 - 2016
Eloise Ward, 91, died peacefully in her sleep in her home near Kuna on January 11, 2016, from congestive heart failure.
Services will be held at Dakan Funeral Chapel in Caldwell at 2:00 on January 23. A reception and dinner will be held at 5250 Hoodoo Lane, Kuna, about 4:00. Everyone is welcome.
Eloise was born in the high plains of Wyoming. It was a hard, tough ranching life, yet she remembered the joys of it. Joy and toughness were really the threads of her life.
She married Conley Ward, Sr., after World War II. They lived in Salem, Oregon, while Conley finished college. Then they homesteaded near Notus. Eloise got tired of milking cows and returned to teaching. Eloise and Conley moved to a farm in the Opaline area by Marsing. Later they moved into the newly-formed Vallivue School District.
Eloise was the first director of the Caldwell Migrant Labor Camp child care program. She enlisted her five children to paint the main hall and fix bicycles.
Eloise painted the falcon that adorned the Vallivue gym for many years and was honored as the Vallivue High School Distinguished Parent of the year in 1987. When she saw a need, she plunged in.
Eloise attended her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren in all their endeavors. This year her children doubted she would survive until Christmas, but she did, and in a wheelchair traveled to Adrian to watch her great grandchildren play basketball.
She loved gardens and flowers. Perhaps that was a remnant of the sparse Wyoming desert she grew up in. On her upended five-gallon bucket, she was cutting weeds in her ninety-first year. She told her concerned children, "I'll only work until I'm tired." She tired but didn't tell. She didn't know how to complain.
One oft-repeated mantra was "Hard work solves many problems." Another was "Life only gives you what you can handle." One more: "Never give up."
She was the glue of a wide-ranging family, a strong woman of common sense and utter lack of selfishness.
Eloise was a staunch Democrat, not overtly partisan, but believed that a person of every station deserved a fair shake.
Eloise loved horse-racing. She owned some horses and was truly the matriarch of the Les Bois race track. Her greatest pleasure, it seemed, was to have family members share her bet.
Eloise is survived by too many to list. Her survivors strive to be like her.
Perhaps foremost in this rancher daughter's mind was the power of education. She taught for 47 years, 33 at Washington Elementary in Caldwell. She was teacher of the year in 1985.
She was proud that all of her five children and thirteen grandchildren graduated from college. Sometimes people asked her, "How did you get them to do it?"
Eloise said, "We expected them to."

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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Jan. 17, 2016