Elsie Mae Ward, 94, a resident of Columbia City, died at 2:50 am Saturday, October 11, 2008, in the Miller’s Merry Manor.
She was born on February 22, 1914, in Ligonier, a daughter of Charles W. and Violet Ivere Noe Heintzelman. At the age of two, her family moved to Larwill, where she spent her formative years and graduated from the Larwill High School.
In 1932, she was united marriage to Ward Hile Nelson and her second marriage in 1949 was to Henry Ward and they always made their home in Columbia City. Mr. Ward died in 1961.
Following her marriages, Mrs. Ward always made her home in Columbia City and was employed for several years at the Blue Bell, Weatherhead and the Fibre Form.
Her memberships included the First Baptist Church, Eagles Auxillary 1906, American Legion Post 98 Auxiliary and served as Senior Regent of the Women of the Moose.
The surviving relatives include a daughter, Barbara Jean Orr, Columbia City; six grandchildren, Phil Litherland, Jean Boylan, Charles Litherland, Lyle Orr, Sharon Markle and Carol Orr; 13 great-grandchildren; 9 great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Leila Bartick, Mentor, Ohio and a half brother, Charles Heintzelman Jr., Chandler, Arizona.
She was preceded in death by a son, Phillip Dean Nelson and a grand daughter, Patricia Ann Orr.
In keeping with the wishes of Mrs. Ward, there will be no visitation or service. The interment will be in the St. Matthew’s Cemetery on Friday, October 17, 2008.
For those who wish, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the American Arthritis Foundation.