Elsie Fay Ward, 80, of Wabash, died at 8:40 p.m., Dec. 22, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. She was born Jan. 22, 1933 in Johnson County, Ky. to Jake and Alma (Fitch) Webb.
Elsie married Rev. Henry Ward in Johnson County, Ky. on June 7, 1952; he died Nov. 27, 1983. She faithfully served beside her husband in his ministry and pastorship for many years. She enjoyed cooking. She loved her family, grandkids, and great-grandkids. She was a member of Wabash Freewill Baptist Church and the Marion Sympathy Club.
She is survived by her two children, Shirley (David) Anderson and Benny (Monica) Ward, both of Wabash; four grandchildren, Andrea (Mick) White, Amanda Ogle, and Joshua Ward, all of Wabash, and Krista (Christopher) Fleshood, Marengo, Ill.; eight great-grandchildren, Nicole Ward, Wabash, Danielle Fleshood, Marengo, Bryce Ogle, Rochester, Hiley Ward, Wabash, Alexandria Fleshood, Marengo, Madison White and Noah White, both of Wabash, and Cadence Fleshood, Marengo; four sisters, Darlene Ward, Dolly Arrowood, and Karen (Carlie) Ward, all of Meally, Ky., and Edna Mae Butcher, Louisa, Ky., and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her brother, Rev. Bobby Webb; and her great-grandson, Benny Charles Cone.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 28, at Wabash Freewill Baptist Church, 1056 E. Erie Street, Wabash, with Rev. Tim Webb officiating. Burial will be in LaFontaine I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Friends may call Friday, Dec. 27, from 3-8 p.m. at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, and one hour prior to the service at the church.
Preferred memorial is the family of Elsie Ward to assist with funeral expenses.
The memorial guest book for Elsie may be signed at www.grandstaff-hentgen.com.