02/10/10 — RUTH B. WARD

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Aug. 3, 1935-Feb. 8, 2010

Ruth Bailey Ward passed away Monday at her home.

Graveside services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. in Ward Family Cemetery (Bear Grass), 9831 Hwy. 17 in Williamston, with the Rev. Gary Bailey and Dolan Baker officiating.

Ruth Hazel was born on the family farm in Martin County to the late Ophus Bailey and Fessie Whitehurst Bailey.

Ruth joined Rose of Sharon Free Will Baptist Church in Bear Grass at the age of 12 and later became a member of Madison Avenue Baptist Church in Goldsboro.

Ruth was a graduate of Bear Grass High School and East Carolina Teachers College.

Following a brief career in Wayne County Schools, she was employed with State Farm agents, Greg Foster and Steve Price, retiring in 2002.

Ruth later volunteered for 10 years in the I.C.U. department of Wayne Memorial Hospital.

Ruth will be remembered as a devoted daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and friend to so many. She cherished her children and grandchildren and was so proud of each one.

Ruth greatly enjoyed her friends. She never met a stranger and touched so many with her warm and friendly ways.

Ruth enjoyed spending time at the farm, and with fondest memories, her time in Emerald Isle with family and friends. God blessed her with two different worlds, the farm and the beach.

She is survived by her three sons, Larry Ward and wife, Brenda, of Bear Grass, Lyn and wife, Ashley, of Mebane, and Bailey Ward of Bear Grass; her grandchildren, Lane, Savannah and Olivia; her brother, Maehue Bailey; her nephew, the Rev. Gary Bailey and wife, Kristie; and her niece, Beverly Rogerson and husband, Glenn.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 34 years, Ben A. Ward.

Flowers are welcome or memorials may be made to Rose of Sharon Free Will Baptist Church, 8000 Bear Grass Road, Robersonville, N.C., 27871.

The family will receive friends tonight from 6 to 8 at Seymour Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.seymourfuneralhome.com.


Published in Obituaries on February 10, 2010 1:46 PM