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Elsie Ward
Elsie V Ward  1918-2015
ELSIE VELMA WARD OCTOBER 19, 1918 FEBRUARY 10 2015 Elsie Velma Ward, age 96, passed away quietly at her home, Tuesday, February 10, 2015. Elsie was born in Pensacola Florida on October 19, 1918 to George R. and Lucy C. (nee: Pierce) Wales.  Elsie is preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Willard Nolan Ward, Sr.; five brothers: EJ, Robert, Lester, Oscar and Frank; two sisters: Clara Webb and Ima Jane (Kitty) Graham. Her love for her family was a loss forever mourned. She is survived by her five children: Alice (Don) Rawlings, Judy (Ross) Bishop, Linda Brewer, Willard N. Ward, Jr. (Katherine) and Randall L. Ward. She is also survived by seven grandchildren: Juana, Kimber, Lori, Karen, Tommy, Craig and April along with numerous great- grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. During Elsie's life she observed 17 out of the 44 US Presidents take office in leading our nation, starting with President Woodrow Wilson, through the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, to the first African-American President Barack Obama. She was born as World War I was coming to an end, but to put it into perspective, Elsie has lived through all the wars and conflicts that the United States has been involved in for the last 96 years, beginning with World War II, through the Vietnam War, and ending with the War in Afghanistan. Merely two years after Elsie's birth, women gained the right to vote, while yet other Americans were still denied that right through segregation. As a teenager she lived through the Great Depression and she learned how to make the best soup from only water, a potato, an onion and a little bit of salt and pepper. In Elsie's younger days, there were no cell phones, cable TV, microwaves, air conditioning, washers and dryers. So, over the course of almost a century, Elsie's life became a wealth of history, knowledge and wisdom as our country evolved. She was a true Patriot. After World War II, Elsie and her husband owned and operated a small bakery at the corner of "O" and Strong Street. Upon closing the bakery, Elsie went on to work for the Escambia County Clerk of the Courts where she performed a multitude of administrative tasks. With the birth of Randall in 1957, Elsie began to devote the majority of her time to the Association of Retarded Citizens (ARC) and was an avid member being instrumental in the birth of the organization. Elsie's love and devotion to children then led her to the Escambia County School District as a school bus driver, which she held for almost 20 years, retiring at the age of 70. Although not yet ready to retire, her quest for knowledge led Elsie to return to school for a career in real estate where she earned her real estate sales license.  Elsie's primary devotion and love was for her family. Her children were always her first concern, first and foremost, she only wanted to know that her children were happy and healthy. Elsie was a devout Christian and a member of the Myrtle Grove Baptist Church. She found great joy in attending her Sunday school class and the fellowships that developed at church. From her early years of childhood through her adult life, her study of the Bible led her to a deep love of Christ and a profound faith in our God almighty. Throughout her life, she passed this faith to her children through her love and devotion to them. As her life ends on earth, a new life begins for her. In John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." The family will receive friends on Sunday, February 15, 2015 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Oak Lawn Funeral Home located at 619 New Warrington Road, Pensacola Florida. Memorial Service will begin at 1:00 PM and will be officiated by Reverend George Ladd of The Cathedral of Faith Church. Burial will follow at Pensacola Memorial Gardens. Active Pallbearers include: Clay Broxson, Mark Eskew, Dwayne Gafford, Jeff Perkins, Scott Perkins and Mack Ryles. Honorary Pallbearers include: Don Brown, Donald Brown, Jimmy Hardin, Mike Miller, Michael Moorer and Tommy Trail. Special Thanks to Joan, Angela and Evelyn of Covenant Hospice; Ordieres Fountain of Fountain Support Services; Lekisha Harris and Mark Crowe for their unwavering support of the family. Arrangements by Oak Lawn Funeral Home