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Mary L. Ward

Mary L WardMary L. Ward, 88, formerly of Alexandria Bay and Safford, AZ, passed away in Watertown surrounded by her loving family.

Mary was born in Sheboygan, WI November 28, 1934, daughter of Isabelle Sommers Lascelles. The family moved to Nevada and she graduated from high school in Henderson, NV. Here she met the love of her life, William "Bill" E. Ward. They were married in the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas, NV on March 31, 1954. After 66 years of marriage, Bill sadly passed on March 17, 2020.

Mary enjoyed being with her family. She was an avid fan and supporter of the Alexandria Bay Purple Ghosts - family, friends, and fans never knew when she would show up at sporting events in her purple sheet, ringing her cowbell! She also enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, reading, and playing cards. She and Bill loved to travel, alone and with their family. They were always into outdoor activities - snowmobiling, ice fishing, motorcycling, and so many more.

Mary is survived by her seven children, Deborah O'Brian and husband, Dan, Cameron, WV, William "Willie" Ward, Jr. and wife Molly, Clyde, NC, Jeffrey Ward and wife Marion, Redwood, Marion Welzbacher and husband Todd, Toledo, OH, Barbara Taylor and husband Matt, Clayton, John Ward and wife Betsy, St. Cloud, FL, and Wendy Coen, Watertown; and 15 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

Mary's family would like to express their thankfulness to Dr. Burke and his staff at SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse for their love and devotion to their mother.

As per her wishes, there will be no services. The couple will be interred together in Bailey Settlement Cemetery, Redwood at the family's convenience. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown and online condolences to her family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., Watertown, NY 13601.


#11 Janet & Steve Sweet 2023-09-11 10:19
We are so sorry to hear of Mary's passing. She was such a loving soul who always had a kind word. Our condolences to everyone.
Janet & Steve Sweet
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#10 Sue Streets 2023-09-10 18:48
Barb and family, so sorry to hear about your mom. That's the hardest thing. Keep your memories close. Take care.
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#9 David Johnson 2023-09-10 11:35
John and Family,
We are very sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved mother. Glad you are all with family and friends. Please keep in touch. Mary's legacy of her beautiful family will live on through the generations.
Dave Johnson and Kate Dickson
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#8 Mary Cummings 2023-09-09 17:18
So sorry to hear of her passing. I have many fond memories of her. My thoughts and prayers to the Ward family. May she Rest in Peace.
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#7 wayne farrell 2023-09-08 13:34
To the Ward Family;

Our deepest condolences to your family.
Your Mom & Dad were always involved and interested with all the schools activities and sports!
Take care;
Wayne & Brian Farrell
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#6 Jim Dickson 2023-09-08 09:40
Prayers to Will ,Molly ,Jeff and the rest of your family.
Looks like you're mom had a great run.
Peace to you all.
Jim and Chris Dickson
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#5 Daniel Decker 2023-09-07 21:58
We are praying for the Ward family. I went to college
with John several years ago. May the Lord strengthen
you at this time.
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#4 Jim Sweet 2023-09-07 20:28
Our prayers are with you all. Praying that God’s promises, presence, power give you peace and comfort during this time. We are thankful for the blessing to meet you all at Upstate SUNY hospital. Sending our thoughts and prayers.
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#3 Don & Barb Lewis 2023-09-07 18:54
Dear Ward Family, We are so sad to hear of your Mom’s passing. We have so MANY wonderful memories of your whole family. Our deepest sympathy and so much love to all of you. Don n Barb and the whole Lewis family.
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#2 Wesley Gleason JR 2023-09-07 18:36
To the Ward family,
We are so sorry to learn of your mother's passing. She and your dad were such loving people. We are so glad she was able to be here this summer and see her newest great grandchild. You are all in our thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort.
Wes & Clover Gleason
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