OBITUARY

Helen J. Ward

Helen Justice Ward, of Pensacola, passed away August 15, 2012 following a courageous battle with breast cancer.

She was born in Slocomb, Alabama but moved to Geneva, Alabama at age 12 and attended Geneva High School and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from The University of Alabama in 1957 and her Masters of Arts in Teaching from Western New Mexico University in 1977. Helen was an active member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority while a student at The University of Alabama.

Helen was employed as a Business Education teacher for 33 years. She taught in the states of Alabama, Minnesota, New Mexico, Tennessee and Florida. She taught for 21 years in Pensacola and taught as an adjunct at Pensacola State College for four years. She was a sponsor for Future Business Leaders of America for 15 years. Helen retired in 2003.

Her hobbies were flower gardening and sewing. As a grandmother she enjoyed making Halloween costumes for her granddaughters. She was a member of First Baptist Church Pensacola. She was active in Alpha Delta Pi Alumnae group, Escambia Retired Educators Association and Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority for female teachers. She served as president of the Fidelis Nu Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa in 2006-2007 & 2010-2011. She and her late husband were members of the Pensacola Chapter of Alabama Alumni Association and were charter members of Tide Pride. She and her late husband also enjoyed traveling nationally & internationally during their retirement.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John F. Ward, of Pensacola and her parents Robert Wilton Justice and Ruby (Spivey) Justice of Geneva, Alabama.

She will be missed by her three daughters and son-in-laws: Deborah (Ward) Wrasman and Bill Wrasman of Cookeville, TN; Mary Frances (Ward) Stebbins and John Stebbins of Phoenix, AZ; Carole (Ward) Mapes and Steve Mapes of Milton, GA. Three beautiful granddaughters: Haley Elizabeth Mapes, Mary Kathryn Stebbins and Grace Elizabeth Stebbins. Other surviving family members include her sister and brother-in-law Sarah Kathryn (Justice) and Steve Vickers of Geneva, AL; brother-in-law George Eldridge Ward and sister-in-law Patsy (Galloway) Ward of Dothan, AL; three nephews, Trey Vickers of Geneva, AL; Todd Vickers of Birmingham, AL; Jeff Ward of Dothan, AL. One niece, Leisa Ward Jones of Dothan, AL.

Visitation and funeral services will be held on Monday, August 20, 2012 at First Baptist Church – Pleitz Chapel, 500 N. Palafox Street, Pensacola. Visitation at 10:00am; Service at 11:00am. Burial immediately following at Eastern Gate Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Samaritan Hands or the Building Expansion Fund at First Baptist Church, Pensacola.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, August 20, 2012
  • Funeral Service Monday, August 20, 2012
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Helen J. Ward

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Fran Ward Stebbins

September 25, 2012

Fran Ward Stebbins

September 25, 2012

Mom, you were a role model to all of us. If I become the gracious, strong, and kind women you were, than I know I have accomplished half the person you were. Only God knows how much I miss you and Dad. You made an everlasting impact on me and your grandaughters! If you only knew the student's, family and friends you impacted, you would be proud! I will forever love, cherish and miss you mom!

Susan Jodoin-Payne

September 19, 2012

What a pleasure it was to have known Helen and how delightful she was to be around. She was our neighbor in Lake Charlene and she and I were in a Mardi Gras Krew together. She will be missed.

R. Chavez

August 31, 2012

Great memories- Fantastic Mother whom truly loved her three beautiful daughters -The Perfect role model-
May God Bless You Mrs. Ward

August 22, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with the Ward family. Mrs. Ward was one of my teachers in high school. She taught me so many things and it was always a joy to be in her class. She will be missed.

August 21, 2012

Mrs. Ward was such a classy lady with a truly beautiful spirit. We were so blessed to have her as a patient for so many years. We will miss her sweet smile so much. Our hearts and prayers go out to her family on losing one so dear. Extending deep sympathy from
Carla and Dr. Henry Pruett's Office

Melvin Riney

August 20, 2012

I did not know Helen, but I went to school with Mary Francis, My prayers are with the Ward Family

Patty Norrbom

August 20, 2012

Helen brought such a beautiful spirit of peace and joy to us in ADPi Sorority. I got to know her at our alumnae events. She will be missed but the love she brought to us will not be forgotten. Love, Patty Norrbom

Maureen McGill

August 20, 2012

I knew Helen through her social club memberships. She was a beautiful lady who always gave her best. She will be missed.

August 19, 2012

We were so fortunate to have such a wonderful person as Helen in ADPi sorority. I'll miss her very much and my sympathy to her family.
Patricia Reppenhagen