Ann Hayse Ward

Ann Ward, 98, of Waco, passed away peacefully Sunday, August 23, 2020 at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Hospital.

Graveside Service: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 29, at Mart City Cemetery in Mart, Texas

Ann was born September 21, 1921, in Kirk, Texas to Grover Hayse Reed and Annie Barkwell Reed. Ann married Robert Arley Ward, Jr. on July 31, 1942, in Rockwall, Texas prior to his deployment overseas. Ann and R.A. had one child, Michael Hayse Ward.

Ann graduated from Mart High School in 1939. She worked for Farmers & Merchants National Bank in Mart for 30 years before retiring to follow Mike’s high school sports. She was a life long fan of the Mart Panthers.

Ann was a member of the 1st Presbyterian Church of Mart, where she served as an Elder for many years. Ann was also a member of Mart Chapter 109, Order of The Eastern Star, Veterans of Foreign War Auxiliary, and Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary.

Ann was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, R.A.Ward; her son, Mike Ward; her parents; brothers, Grover H. “Pete” Reed and Charles Earl Reed; and sisters, Bettie Parrish and Novie Crumbaker.

Ann is survived by her grandson, Chris Ward and wife, Angie of China Spring; granddaughter, Staci Gerick and husband, Chris of China Spring; her former daughter-in-law, whom she adored, Katha Ward of Mart; sister-in-law, Frances Reed of College Station; and numerous nieces and nephews. Ann’s most precious blessings were her great-grandchildren, Camden Gerick, Caitlyn Gerick and Peyton Ward.

Her recent years were filled with watching her great-grandchildren play sports, attend dance and piano recitals, bingo and blackjack, sharing stories of the “good old days”, crossword puzzles, cheering for her beloved Texas Rangers, Hallmark movie marathons and enjoying a daily Dr Pepper.

Pallbearers will be Chris Ward, Chris Gerick, Camden Gerick, Andy Restivo, David Schroeder, Bill Gerick, John McDonald and Mark Gerick.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mart ISD Enrichment Foundation (www.martisd.org/page/dis.enrich)

 

 

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