Velva Darlene Ward

August 29, 1937April 19, 2018

Velva Darlene (York) Ward passed on April 19, 2018. At the time of her passing she was a resident of Spokane, WA. Velva was 80 years old. She was the daughter of Raymond and Vivian York, sister to Henry. Velva was the wife of Edward Ward and Mother to six children: Ray, Eddie, Steve, Tom, Connie, and Misty. Velva was an aunt, mother-in-law, (in-law and out-law, as she would say), grandmother, and great grandmother and an artist. She had lifelong friends and new acquaintances. We all know we are human and living life can wear a body down, age, illness, and injury take its toll. Velva lived 80+ years. She worked different jobs throughout her life. Velva drove school bus for West Valley School District, then East Valley School District. She even painted a wall mural in the bus garage for East Valley. Velva designed the letterhead and emblem of Mt. Spokane/Newman Lake used for East Valley School District. Velva Ward’s passion was her art. She loved to paint and draw and to see the smiles on faces when people looked at her art work. She always wanted to be a famous artist, so to honor Velva, her own artwork will be etched in granite on her headstone. Many people loved her and she loved many. We will miss her greatly.

We will always carry your memory in our hearts.

The Memorial Service will be May 12, 2018 at 11:30 am at Hazen & Jaeger Valley Funeral Home, 1306 N. Pines Rd., Spokane Valley, WA. The Urn Burial will be May 12, 2018 at 9:00 am at Greenwood Memorial Terrace 211 N. Government Way, Spokane, WA in the Garden Of Light.


  • Velva Darlene Ward Saturday, May 12, 2018
  • Velva Darlene Ward Saturday, May 12, 2018

Velva Darlene Ward

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Denise Davies

May 9, 2018

I am so sorry to learn of Velva's passing. My thoughts and prayers go with your family. I found Velva to be quite a wonderful person with a very kind heart. It was so interesting to learn of her life. She gave me a drawing she made when I first met her which I will treasure.
I worked with Tom a number of years ago and met Velva through my sister Debby Newland when they both lived at Affinity. Velva was such an amazing friend to Debby. We lost our mother several years ago which prompted Debby to start calling her "Mom". I remember Velva telling me she always believed in taking care of the "underdog" which she did with Debby. She was never judgmental and always protected and looked after her. They were pals to the end.
I also want to thank you Connie, for being so kind to Debby for your sensitivity and understanding in what Velva meant to her. It has been very difficult for her.

Evon Gallant

April 25, 2018

i met velva on a website . i had lived in Montana and so had she . we shared many lovely pen pal letters over the years . velva was always just a letter away . when i first met her we were members to a group called majestic Montana. we became very good friends . our love for nature . the mountains , the good and the bad times . my only regret was we didn't live closer . i moved from Montana to great bend Kansas. in 2003. she was a talented artist and a rare loving friend that will be missed very much . i have a special place in my heart for velva and our times we shared together. god rest in peace my dear , dear friend you will be muchly missed. . till we meet again you will always have a place in my heart for you .