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Lucy W. Ward

November 18, 1919 September 4, 2012
Lucy W. Ward
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Lucy Wade Ward was born on November 18, 1919 to the late Joseph and Ida Jones. She departed this life and entered into eternal glory on September 4, 2012 at Johnston Willis Hospital where she was surrounded by her family as she made her transition to her Holy Father.
Lucy spent her early childhood days in Chatham, VA and later moved to Nottoway County where she met and married the late William Clayton Ward. To this union ten beautiful children were born.
Lucy was baptized at an early age at First Nottoway Baptist Church. She visited and worshiped at many churches throughout her years and always remained a faithful servant to God until he took her home to glory. One of her favorite pastimes was having her daughters sing her favorite hymns to her whenever the opportunity arose.
Lucy worked at Crewe Garment Factory in Crewe, VA and retired after working 29 years as an Inspector. She took pride in her job and was serious about the quality of product she allowed to pass through. After her retirement, she was really able to focus in on her true passion of taking care of others. For many years, she cared for many babies, toddlers, and children alike. She never turned anyone away and she always made everyone feel as if they were her own. Lucy was also a faithful and loyal sister and helped her sister Dorothy to raise her children Betty Sue, Ruby Kay, Kirk, and Malcolm as her own. When her sister took ill in her later years, Lucy dedicated much of her time taking care of her until she could no longer do so on her own.
Lucy loved to feed any and everyone who came through her doors. She always greeted everyone with a warm smile, warm heart, and a hot plate. She was best known for her Sunday dinners and her famous potato salad. She truly enjoyed making other people feel at home and loved. Lucy also looked forward to her yearly birthday celebrations because she knew she would be able to have her family surrounding her and she could watch all of children play in the yard. In her later years, Lucy enjoyed her weekly rides to the local Wal-Mart where she would often reconnect with many of her old friends and colleagues to share a conversation or a laugh.
Lucy was a virtuous and loving woman who lived her life in a way that should be an example to all. Lucy’s favorite saying was “Give me my flowers while I’m still living.” She has left a great legacy of flowers here on this side through all of her many beloved children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. She is a jewel that shall be truly missed by all she encountered.
Lucy was preceded in death by her husband Clayton, four siblings Alvin, Edward, Icy, and Dorothy, granddaughter Barbara, great-great grandchildren Azariah, Javonnie, and Zion, daughter-in-law Thelma, son- in-law Leroy, and nephew Malcolm.
She leaves to cherish her memory: her loving children, James Ward, Ella Keaton (Roger), George Ward (Alice), Catherine Ward, Thomasine Oliver, Joseph Ward (Gwen) all of Crewe, VA; Robert Ward (Anne) of Richmond VA, Elnora Miller (Roy) of Rice VA, Shirley Bland (Charles) of Bexley, West Virginia, & Lucy Hawkes (Kermit) of Burkeville, VA; 40 grandchildren; 75 great grandchildren; 20 great-great grandchildren; and a host of other caring relatives and friends.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 6 to 8pm.  Funeral Services Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Dominion Worship Center, Crewe with interment in the First Nottoway Baptist Church Cemetery, Crewe.
W.E. Hawkes & Son Funeral Home of Blackstone in charge of arrangements.
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