Jean Mavis Ward
1927 - 2020
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Jean Mavis Ward

Bossier City - Jean Mavis Ward passed away peacefully on August 2, 2020 in Bossier City, LA.

Jean was born in Peterborough, England on January 19, 1927. In 1944, she met and married an American serviceman, Charles "Nickey" Ward. The family moved to Barksdale Air Force Base in 1963 and chose to make Bossier City their home. Jean retired in 1985 after working as a customer service representative for over 30 years with the Army Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES). Following her retirement, she also worked part-time for American Greetings. She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Bossier City and the former Trans Atlantic Brides and Parents Association (aka British Brides Club).

She was preceded in death by her husband, TSgt. Charles Elmo Ward ("Nickey"), infant son, James Keith Ward, parents, Fredrick James Maile and Lily Wheatly Maile, brother, Fred Maile, sister, Joan Reed, and great-grandson, Bailey Charles Ward.

Jean is survived by her children, Richard Ward and wife, Karen of Sierra Vista, AZ, Gillian Cox and husband, Manley of Germantown, TN, and Bryan Ward and wife, Teena of Shreveport, LA; eight grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; along with numerous nieces, nephews, friends and her beloved dog, Mali.

In accordance with her wishes, a private family gathering will be held in her honor at a future date. Please visit the Hill Crest Memorial website ( for a more descriptive version of this obituary and to share any special memories with the family. If preferred, sympathy cards may be mailed to the family at PO Box 6297, Shreveport, LA 71136.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to one of Jean's favorite charities - St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Asbury United Methodist Church of Bossier City, or the Humane Society of Northwest Louisiana.

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Published in Shreveport Times from Aug. 7 to Aug. 9, 2020.
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August 10, 2020
Sending prayers to Bryan and his family. So sorry to hear about your MOM’S passing. She was always very sweet to me when I came to the BX to visit my MOM, Jackie Sams, who she supervised in the Lay-A-Way Department.
Debbie Sams
August 8, 2020
The Final Salute

“Brothers and Sisters in Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.

This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to Mrs. Jean Mavis Ward a British war bride who became a loving U.S. Air Force wife. Jean provided dedicate service to, her community, her family, and the USA, her adopted country. To her family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for Jean. To Jean it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank her for her devotion to her husband, her family, the U.S. Air Force and the USA. Only a military wife knows the difficulties and great sacrifices associated with rearing a military family that relocated frequently and often included long separations from the one they loved most and anxious moments of concern for their safety. Jean, we bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at ease. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of the 891 military veteran Legionnaires of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion and the 423 veterans of VFW Post 4588, we extend our sympathies and our condolences to Jean’s family and loved ones.

Bernt Ebbesson, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 South Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109

Ron Delaney, Commander, VFW Post 4588
1004 Jeter Street, Bossier City, LA 71112

For the Commanders, Carroll R. mICHAUD
Carroll R. Michaud
Served In Military Together
August 8, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief, and find comfort from knowing that God draws close to the broken-hearted.
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