Fayetteville—Mary Margaret Mollica-Ward, 53, of Fayetteville NC passed away Friday November 6, 2020 at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center after a brief illness.
Mary was born February 15, 1967 in Syracuse NY. She attended Jamesville Dewitt high school graduating in 1985. She obtained her Associates Degree from SUNY Mohawk Valley and then went on to complete her education at LeMoyne College graduating with a Bachelors' Degree. Mary resided in the Syracuse area for the majority of her life making lifelong friends and sharing her artistry and love with so many. She moved to Fayetteville NC in 2017.
She found her joy in an art teaching position at Capitol Encore Academy where she was involved with a prayer group among her fellow teachers. Mary loved working with her students and admiring art, especially the works of Frida Kahlo. Mary would ask her students to "live on through their art and continue to pursue their dreams".
She was a faithful member of Manna Church where she enjoyed worshipping and serving with the congregation. No matter the challenges she faced, Mary always found the time to help others and lift them up in her prayers. She will be remembered as a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother (Lolli), daughter, and sister whose smile lit up every room and her creativity and artistry was reflected in every aspect of her life.
Mary is survived by her loving husband, Jerry Ward; her son Joshua Ward (Kirsten Tegtmeyer); her daughters Kaitlyn Ward (Brent Lowery) and Hannah Robbins (Dalton Robbins); her grandson Liam Ward; her parents Kathy and Barry Silvers; her brother Dominick Mollica (Laura Mollica) & their son Christian, her sister Michelle Mollica; step sisters Sara Willis, Susan Warren, several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews and her beloved dog Mugs. She was predeceased by her father, Benjamin Mollica, as well as paternal and maternal grandparents.
A memorial service will be held Saturday November 14, 2020 at 12pm at the Manna Church Executive Place Site, 630 Executive Place, Fayetteville, NC 28305. The family is also planning an additional service to be held in Florida at a later date.
Online condolences may be made at www.jerniganwarren.com
Services are entrusted to Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home, 545 Ramsey Street Fayetteville, NC 28301.
Published by Fayetteville Observer from Nov. 10 to Nov. 11, 2020.