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1925 Beatrice 2017

Beatrice H. Ward

August 24, 1925 — December 9, 2017

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A Journey Completed,

A life well lived and a rest well deserved

For a beloved Mother

Beatrice Holmes Ward, a loving Mother was the daughter of the late Alonzo and Emma Holmes.

Beatrice H. Ward received her final call from her God and Savior Jesus Christ to come home Saturday, December 9, 2017 at approximately 6:15 P.M. in Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Oregon. Beatrice Ward lived a long fulfilling and happy life with her family.

Beatrice Ward was born August 24, 1925 in the town of Morton, Mississippi to a family of six children. She was baptized and received God as her personal savior at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Morton Mississippi.

Beatrice attended grade school and high school in Mississippi prior to marrying Willie B. Ward in Morton, Mississippi where they produced six children, three boys and three girls. The family moved from Mississippi while the children were very young to McNary, Arizona in 1952 after their last child was born. Her husband Willie B. Ward had got a new job in McNary, Arizona working for Southwest Forest Industries.

Beatrice was a homemaker and later started to work outside the house when her children were in school. She worked as a fry cook and later a chef in several restaurants in McNary and the neighboring towns to help make ends meet for the family.

After all the children were out of school and had moved to Portland, Oregon and other places her two sons moved her to Portland, Oregon in 1979. Beatrice immediately made friends and eventually found a job working for Emanuel Hospital in housekeeping and later retired from there in 1989.

Beatrice was warm hearted, full of life and a loving Mother always willing to share and help others and taught her children those same values.

Beatrice was very proud of her Church and was one of the early members who work with Rev. Howard and others to see the completion of the new church, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. She loved gardening and keeping her lawn and flower looking presentable to the community.

As many that know her, she loved to grow her vegetable and grapes to share with others in the community. It was very fulfilling for her to give to other the fruits of her labor from her garden.

Beatrice was preceded in death by her husband, Willie B. Ward, her son Robert Earl Ward and her daughter Vena Mae Ward Lee, her Father and Mother Alonzo & Emma Holmes, brothers, Billy Ray, Elford & Nelson Holmes, sisters Levelma Davis and Myrtis Thompson.

Beatrice is survived by her sons, Arthur B. Ward, Billy L. (Iralene) Ward; two daughters, Emma Jean Russell, Queen Esther (Robert) Clark, son in law Bobbie James Lee, Two Nephews, Three Nieces, four granddaughters, one grandson, four great grandsons, three great granddaughters and a host of many other relatives, friends and neighbors who will miss her smiling face, warm friendship and big heart.

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