Margaret Ward

Margaret Lorena Ward, 90, of Tempe, Ariz., formerly of Rushville and Canton, died Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005.

She was born July 2, 1915, in Brown County, a daughter of John Wesley and Myrtle O'Neal Cooper. She married Lyle Kenneth Ward on Nov. 16, 1935, in Fairfield, Iowa. He survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Janice E. Dudas of Sun Lakes, Ariz.; two sons, Kenneth of Cape Coral, Fla., and David of Peoria; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Jerry Cooper; and two sisters, Mary Burnett and Edna Powers.

She received an associate degree at Western Illinois State Teacher's College and graduated with honors at Illinois State University. She was an elementary teacher and taught in Brown, Schuyler and Fulton counties for almost 30 years. She was employed for 19 years at Canton District 66 as a teacher and unit district elementary librarian.

She was a member of the Ripley Church of God and a 50-year member of the Disciples of Christ Church in Canton, Downers Grove and Tempe.

Services were held Thursday at Wood Funeral Home in Rushville with Rev. Gene Danner officiating. Interment was in Rushville City Cemetery.

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Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 10/26/2005

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