OBITUARY

Shirley Ward

March 5, 1939July 10, 2021
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Emma Shirley Ward, age 82, of Middletown, OH, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 10, 2021, surrounded by her loving family. Shirley was born on March 5, 1939, in Lancaster, KY, to the late John H. & Mary Smith. She retired in 2003 from Franklin City Schools, where she was a loyal employee for many years. She loved the Lord and was a devoted member of the Dixie Highway Christian Center.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband of over 50 years, Leroy Lewis; sons, Donald and John Lewis; step-son, Marshall Ward; sisters, Hazel, Tilda, and Eva; and brothers, Carlos, Joe, and Bill.

She is survived by her loving husband, Harry Ward; son, Ronnie (Kathy) Lewis; daughters, Connie Lindon, Bonnie Mays; Mary (Scott) Abner; Melissa "Boo" Lewis, Shannon Abner; step-children, John (Jeannie) Ward, Curt (Becky) Ward, Clint (Barb) Ward, Donna Ward; and 14 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, and 9 great-great-grandchildren.

The family will receive guests on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 from 11:30-1:30, at The Dixie Highway Christian Center, 5287 S Dixie Hwy, Franklin, OH, 45005. A Funeral service will follow beginning at 1:30, officiated by Pastor Dave Bowling. Burial will take place at Woodhill Cemetery in Franklin, OH.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, July 13, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, July 13, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, July 13, 2021

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Marlene Temple

July 14, 2021

Shirley was such a sweet woman and I enjoyed seeing her at church. I am so sorry for your loss. I'm praying for your family.

Brittina Clark

July 12, 2021

The first time I met Shirley I was there helping her clean up for the day. She let me know right that moment she was boss of the time I was to arrive at her home . So I knew that second she was gonna be a tough cookie. I will forever ❤ remember you. Welcome home Shirley. You will be missed so much. My thought and prayers to the family she loved so much.

Krystal Williams

July 11, 2021

I first met Mrs. Shirley as her nurse. My how quickly was a friendship developed. We would pick on Harry every chance we got. And he was always a good sport about it. I would try to make her my last patient cause I would always just spend a lil more time at her house...even on her bad days she would smile, never complained and was always thankful. She LOVED her family....As a nurse you meet 1000s of people. But its the special ones that you never forget...although she is in heaven her light will continue to shine down here. She is one that I will never forget.

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