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Jeannette Ward


1935 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Jeannette Ward Obituary
JEANNETTE WARD On August 12, 2015, our mother was welcomed into heaven by our father, Joseph Ward (1935-2009). Jeannette peacefully passed away on Joe's birthday. Please join her children, Linda, Michael (Joan), Pat, Teresa, Susie, Julie (Michael), John (Carole), David (Christine), and Paula (Robert) and all her 34 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren in celebrating the life of this great woman. Rosary will be held on Friday, August 21, 2015 at 7:00 P.M., at Miller-Jones Mortuary, 1501 W. Florida Avenue, Hemet. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 2:00 P.M., at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 26340 Soboba Street, Hemet, followed by a reception. To continue her love of educating others, and in lieu of flowers, a scholarship in her memory is set up through Mount San Jacinto College Foundation, 1499 N. State Street, San Jacinto, 92583 for students pursuing a degree in the educational field. Jeannette was born December 2, 1935. She met the prankster, Joseph Ward, at a bus stop before heading to school at the Ramona Convent. They were both only children and lived on opposite ends of Railroad Street in La Puente; later incorporated as City of Industry. Joe courted her as she was teaching 60 sixth graders at St. Joseph's Catholic School and, at age 19, they married on July 16, 1955. They moved into their first home, between both sets of parents on Railroad Street. They were determined to fill their home with children and were successful. Before their ninth child was born, they moved to San Jacinto, in 1968, after visiting our valley most weekends for seven years. They volunteered at the children's school, Saint Hyacinth Academy, until the youngest was old enough to start kindergarten. Jeannette returned to teaching, touching the lives of children at San Jacinto Head Start, Saint Hyacinth Academy, and Hyatt and Estudillo Elementary schools. Education and building community were Jeannette's priorities. Every Tuesday, the Ward Family and friends, get together for dinner. Siblings all live in the valley, cousins are close, and many world problems are solved around the "Taco Tuesday" table. Mom hosted Cousin Camp every summer for all the grandchildren, supervised children at the Ramona Pageant for more than 30 years, supported her children as they raised animals through 4-H, FFA, and the Heritage Grange and proudly started the Poker Runs during family campouts in the backyard. When the men and women raced off road, she was there to cheer them on. Our mother was always smiling and sharing her unconditional love. Her students all loved going to school and her classroom was full of fun and learning. Her former kindergarten students still talk about visiting their favorite teacher's home - The Farm! Jeannette was tireless in sharing her generous spirit, and everyone who knew her enjoyed being in her presence. Even though Joe passed away five years ago, Jeannette carried on his legacy of love and the value of family staying close. The Ward Family tree is full of branches, numbers more than 60, and growing All Because Two People Fell in Love!
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Published in Press-Enterprise on Aug. 18, 2015
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