Obit-Ward, Ruth Waller

Mrs. Ruth Waller Ward, 91, died May 16, 2020, in Rock Island, Ill.

Mrs. Ward was born Jan. 27, 1929, in Opelika, Ala., and is a former resident of Huntsville Ala. She graduated from Opelika High School in 1948, and married the love of her life, Harry Ward, in LaGrange, Ga., on Oct. 9, 1948. She was employed at Thiokol in the early 50s. When her husband returned from the Korean War, she chose not to work, becoming a wonderfully talented, loving stay at home mother. She volunteered with the Huntsville/Madison County Girl Scouts as a leader, including being on the council in the late 60s and early 70s. She loved inspiring her daughters and others to be well equipped at all times, informed and to be the best in all things. She was a member of Epworth UMC and later attended Oxford First UMC. In 1969, she was initiated into Helion Chapter 203 of the Eastern Star, where she was requested to serve and was appointed to various areas. As an avid gardener, she worked the soil and expectantly watched as flowers, vegetables, shrubs and trees matured. She also loved animals and birds, feeding and caring for them, and watching in delight as they scampered playfully and sang beautifully. She was a beautiful and loving person whose life revolved around her family and helping others. She was devoted, determined, strong and courageous, pushing to achieve the best. She is preceded in death by husband Harry Orval Ward; son Harry Daniel (Dan) Ward; parents, James Ledford Waller Jr. and Willie Lee Bridges Waller; and brothers, James Lorelle Waller and wife Lee, Joseph Robert Waller and wife Bonnie Sue, Philip Livingston Waller and wife Ruth, George Ledford Waller and wife Edra Mae and Thomas Clifton Waller and wife Shirley.

Funeral services were May 20 at Laughlin Service Funeral Home. Burial was in Maple Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include daughters, the Rev. Lynn Ward Moore, RN, and husband Billy of Oxford, Ala., LTC Sue Ward Moynihan, Ret., of Rock Island, Ill., HPD Officer Leona Ward Conner and husband Steve of Prospect, Mary Lou Ward FRP/CP and husband Rafael of Sarasota, Fla.; sister Malvie Lee Waller Bowman and husband Dr. Bernard U. of  Ohio; brother Kenneth Hugh Waller and Patsy O’Rear of Cochran, Ga.; and numerous well-loved grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

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