Barbara Louise Ward

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June 15, 1938 ~ August 20, 2021

Barbara L. Ward, 83, Chancellor, SD, died Friday, August 20, 2021, unexpectedly
at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD, with her family around her.

A private family service will be held Saturday, September 11th, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm
with Pastor Jeff Hayes officiating. A Visitation will be from 3:00 to 4:00 pm; both will take place at 46256 270 St., Chancellor, SD, 57015.

Barbara Louise Ward was born June 15, 1938, in Norway, Maine, to Albert and Ruth Roy. Barbara graduated from Norway High School in 1956, which is also the year she married the love of her life, Franklin Ward, on October 19, 1956.

Barbara worked hard in life, putting in many years at the Imperial 400 Motel, Eastern Tool Company, and the Shoe Shop, in Norway, Maine, where she worked with her husband, Frank. Barbara lived most of her life in East Hartford, CT., where she raised her family and became a member of every casino, east to west. Later, she moved with her husband, to Sioux Falls SD, to be closer to her children and grandchildren. Barbara would brighten any life she touched. She brought life to the party and love to our hearts.

Barbara will be missed by her three children, Ricky (Gail) Ward, Sioux Falls, Linda (Ken) Letze,
Chancellor, SD, and Jeffrey Ward, Inverness, FL; nine grandchildren, Jason and Justin Ward,
Jennifer (Zach) Benning, Sarah and Jessica Jellema, Miranda (Nick) Fendrich, and Matthew, Nickole and Tim Ward.

Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Franklin Ward; father and mother, Albert and Ruth Roy; and three brothers Albert Jr., Roland, and Arthur Roy.

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  • Jon Alyce Rich says:

    Aunt Barbara was always such a sweet women. I have such fond memories of her and Uncle Franklin.
    Love and hugs to all of you dear cousins.

  • Carol Tozier-O'Brien, Hope, RI says:

    Wishing Ricky, Linda, Jeff and family my sincere condolences during this difficult time. Your Mom was so special and loving to all of us friends as we grew up in East Hartford!

    I considered your parents as my second Mom & Dad and was able to find their love when needed, especially after my own Dad died and I needed someone to talk & cry with. I hold that special attention I received by both of your parents near & dear to my heart and knew they loved me as a 2nd daughter.

    Take comfort that your Mom & Dad are together again and are watching over you with all the love they showed you here on earth.

  • Jason Stiles says:

    She was a strong, funny, and independant woman. she will be missed forever and will always be in our hearts. Now she is in a better place, but she will never be forgotten. Miss ya so much Grammie! 🙁

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