Mary Henrietta Thomas Ward
DAWSON - Mary Henrietta Thomas Ward of Dawson, Georgia died on November 22, 2013. She was born in Cairo, GA on June 22,1938 to George Garfield Thomas, Jr. and Pearl Maxwell Thomas. Visitation will be Sunday, November 24th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Harvey Funeral Home in Dawson. A graveside service will be held on Monday, November 25th at 11 a.m. at the Ward/Cobb Family Cemetery located at 213 Miles Prince Road in Shellman, GA. Mrs. Ward was a homemaker and an active volunteer in Dawson and Terrell County for over fifty years. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Charles M. Ward, M.D. and one grandchild. She had two sons, Charles M. Ward, Jr. and wife Lynne of Hendersonville, TN and John H. Ward and wife Gina of Cuthbert, GA. Known affectionately by her many friends as “Mrs. Mary”, she had three grandchildren, Catherine Blackmon of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Grant Ward of Cuthbert, GA and Josh Ward of Hendersonville, TN, as well as one great-grandchild, Moriah Smith of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Mrs. Ward was a proud graduate of Cairo High School and The Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville where she received her degree in Home Economics. After teaching Home Economics briefly at Whigham High School and Glascock County High School, she accepted a position as a Home Demonstration Agent with the Cooperative Extension Service in Terrell County. There she met Dr. Ward, and they were married on October 3, 1963. Mrs. Ward was a State and District President of the Georgia Lioness Club, State President of the Medical Auxiliary of Georgia, President of the Terrell Academy Patrons and Secretary of the Herod Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She also served on the board of directors for the Terrell County Chamber of Commerce as well as being a longtime volunteer at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital’s Carlton Breast Center. Among her many awards, Mrs. Ward was named citizen of the year by the Terrell County Chamber of Commerce and was also presented an award as “Terrell Academy’s Biggest Fan” for her longtime support of Terrell Academy Eagles Football. Shortly after his death, Dr. and Mrs. Ward were recognized with proclamations in the Georgia State Senate and House of Representatives for their many contributions to the youth of Terrell County. After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1988, Mrs. Mary became very active in her local MS support group and helped counsel many others with how to cope with the disease.
Mrs. Ward was a member of First Baptist Church in Shellman, GA where she sang in the choir and was on the hospitality committee for many years. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Lions Club International or First Baptist Church of Shellman, GA. Those wishing to sign the online registry may do so at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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