Ethel Mae Ard

October 24, 1915March 27, 2013


Ethel Mae Ard, 97 years of age, passed away on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at her home. Ethel was born in McGargyle, Alabama to William and Laura Johnson on October 23, 1915. She was raised in McGargyle along with her sister Ruth and brother Clyde. Ethel met and married her beloved husband, Oliver, and traveled the world with him and their young son, Clayton, eventually making their home in Pensacola. She was a business woman most of her adult life and retired at the tender age of 85. Ethel was a member of the First Assembly of God.

Ethel was preceded in death by her parents, William and Laura Johnson, her sister, Ruth Rutherford, her brother, Clyde Johnson., and her husband, Oliver Ard.

Left to cherish her memory are her son and daughter in law, Clayton and Kathy Ard, her granddaughter, Jenna Ard, and her grandson, Jeremy Gorday. Ethel is also survived by her nephews, Clyde Johnson, Jack Johnson, and her nieces, Diane Hartley, and Sandra Casler, all of whom she dearly loved. Her extended family included many great and great-great nieces and nephews.

The family would like to give special thanks to her nephew, Clyde, who tirelessly took such special care of Ethel, her nurse from Covenant Hospice, Sylvia Stock, and her much loved caregiver, Rose Justice.

Funeral services for Mrs. Ard will be held on Saturday, March 30 at 11:00 am at Bayview Memorial Chapel. The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the service. Bayview Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers for Mrs. Ard will be her grandson, Jeremy Gorday, her great nephew, Clyde Johnson, Robert Jones, Robbie Weber, Greg Beck, and John Casler.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Covenant Hospice, 5041 North 12th Avenue, Pensacola, FL.


  • Visitation Saturday, March 30, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 30, 2013

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Marilyn Thomas

February 26, 2014

I just found this. I am so sorry for you loss. I believe we may be related distantly. My grandmother was Marie Ard. If you can, please contact me.

Mike & Terry Thompson

April 1, 2013

Clayton & family, We are sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our thoughts & prayers.

Ernest Murphy

March 31, 2013

Clayton, you have my deepest sympathy. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family. May GOD bless and comfort you all during this time.

Linda, Faye & Bill Ard

March 30, 2013

Clayton and family - Our family would like to express our sympathy for your loss. Your mom had a long wonderful life. Our love and thoughts are with you

Alison Banfell Patane

March 30, 2013

What a wonderful woman you were-- I will certainly miss our visits! You were special to me in so many ways.

Linda Faye Beck-Causey

March 30, 2013

On Ethel, how you could light up a room with that smile of yours! It was a show stopper. I know you are being serenaded by angels tonight in the arms of Jesus. You are temporarily gone from us, but we will all see you again as He calls us home too.

Betty Ann Weber

March 29, 2013

I've known you my entire life and I've always said you had a smile that would light up a room. You told me last time we spoke that "everyone has sure been good to you". Well, you have been good to all that you loved in many many ways. You have lived a full life and may your family take comfort that you are walking with Jesus with no pain or discomfort and smiling down on us with that great big beautiful smile. I will miss you and I love you dear lady. Rest in peace.