Marjorie Faye Ward
February 14, 1923 ‒ October 13, 2010
BUTLER ~ As a child, Marjorie Ward was blessed with freckles ~ that she hated. She’d try to cover her “spots” any way she could, until her father encouraged her ~ with a reference to her February 14, 1923 birthday ~ “I like my valentines decorated.”
Born in Worthington Township of Richland County to Don H. and Grace Lucille (Bemiller) Bowman, Marjorie graduated the 8th grade from the former Newville School, and earned her diploma from Butler High School in 1940.
A lifelong Butler resident, Marjorie passed away Wednesday afternoon October 13, 2010 in Colonial Manor, Loudonville She was 87.
After high school, Marjorie worked six-days-a-week as a live-in nanny with the Haring family, but that proved to be too much away from her high school sweetheart Wendell W. Ward, so she started clerking at Woolworth’s 5 and Dime in Mansfield. She and Wendell were married January 4, 1942.
When she and Wendell began raising a family, Marjorie stayed at home with her children, focusing on and nurturing her growing family.
Described as highly organized, Marjorie had the spirit to rise to any occasion…she could handle any task that came her way. She was active with the Butler Mothers’ Club, Butler Athletic Boosters, helped organize and operate the “Dog House”, the concession stand for the Butler Bulldog Football team, and her interest in Clear Fork Valley sports really never waned. She worked in food service in the Butler School for years and remained active with the Butler High School Alumni Association.
Marjorie was a member of both Newville United Methodist Church and Mt. Sinai United Methodist Church in Butler (now Three Crosses – A United Methodist Fellowship) where she taught Sunday school and served as church treasurer for several years. She more recently attended North Bend Church of the Brethren near Butler.
Somewhat of a local historian, Marjorie could recall all the relationships and families of the Newville and Butler communities. She performed in several plays at the school and at Butler Old Fashion Days.
Outgoing and friendly, Marjorie traveled extensively through out the western U.S., and wintered in Fort Meade, Florida for 15 years.
She and Wendell played a lot of golf together over the years, and she enjoyed lavishing time on her grandchildren, teaching them board games and card games. Marjorie could often be found at the Butler Adult Center ~ usually with a jigsaw puzzle in front of her.
She is survived by her daughter Darla Ward of Butler, sons and daughters-in-law Roger & Linda Ward of Mansfield and Keith & Patricia Ward of Cuyahoga Falls; daughter-in-law Sandra Ward of Butler; grandchildren Sonyia Ward, Shawna & Ed Lapteanu, Terresa & Rod Burdge, Tracie & Rob Britt, Andrew Newcomer and his fiancée Erica Smith, Shelby Lynn, Sonja Pastirik and Jeffrey Burger; 17 great grandchildren; a great great grandson; her brother and sister-in-law Clyde & Marian Bowman of Bellville; a sister-in-law Bobbie Jean Bowman of Butler; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Wendell on December 13, 1999; a son Terry Ward; a grandson Jeromey Ward; and brothers Richard, Bernard and Merrill Bowman.
The Ward family will receive friends Sunday, October 17, 2010 from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home. Her funeral service will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. in North Bend Church of the Brethren, State Route 97 at Snyder Road, Butler. Pastor Patrick Bailey will officiate. Burial will follow in Bunkerhill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions to North Bend Church of the Brethren or Three Crosses-A United Methodist Fellowship may be made at the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Ward family and private condolences to them may be made online at: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com