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Mary C. Ward

September 12, 1926 May 8, 2021
Mary C. Ward
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Peoria- Mary C. Ward, age 94, passed away on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at Christian Buehler Home surrounded by her family in Peoria, IL.
Mary was born on September 12, 1926 in Detroit, MI, a daughter of John J. and Marie Rose (Hickey) Collins. She married Dr. Clarence V. Ward in Kansas City, MO on June 26, 1948. He preceded her in death on June 5, 2009. Mary was also preceded in death by her parents, one son, John V. Ward, sister, Jeanne Thompson and brother, John Collins.
Mary is survived by their three children, Monsignor Gerald T. Ward of Morton, Mary Therese (Roger) Buie of Washington and Timothy R. (Jill) Ward of Dunlap; one daughter-in-law, Lynn Cunningham Ward, grandchildren: Amy (Joshua) Trimble, Anne (Erik) Lakes, Lisa (Jason) Kaiser, Lindsay (Jasper) Crispen, Sara Ward, Erin Ward, Daniel Ward, great-grandchildren: Natalie Trimble, John T. Trimble, Rachel Lakes, Jonah Lakes, Brady Kaiser, Lily Kaiser, Callie Kaiser, Evie Crispen, Piper Crispen, Major Crispen and one sister, Patricia Whitaker of Kansas City, MO.
Mary was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Peoria Heights, since 1952, where she was Parish Trustee for 15 years, Minister of the Holy Eucharist and participated in numerous parish plays. She volunteered at OSF St. Francis Hospital and worked with SWAG (Staff Wives Aids Group at St. Francis Hospital).
Mary was a devoted Roman Catholic who found peace in attending daily Mass, praying the Rosary and honoring the Blessed Mother with her prayers. She enjoyed being fashionable, shopping and spending time with family. Cooking for her family and hosting Sunday night family dinners was highlight of her week.
The Ward family would like to thank all those who compassionately cared for Mom at the Christian Buehler Home.
A Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 AM at St. Thomas Catholic Church on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 with a visitation prior from 9:00 AM – 10:45 AM, also at the church. Her son, Msgr. Gerald Ward will officiate. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Peoria, IL.
Memorials may be made to Msgr. William Watson Scholarship Fund for St Thomas the Apostle Catholic School.
Friends may sign the online guestbook or send condolences to www.wrightandsalmon.com

Previous Events

Visitation

Tuesday

18

May

9:00 AM 5/18/2021 9:00:00 AM - 10:45 AM 5/18/2021 10:45:00 AM
St. Thomas Catholic Church

904 E Lake Ave
Peoria Heights, IL 61616

St. Thomas Catholic Church
904 E Lake Ave Peoria Heights 61616 IL
United States

Funeral Mass

Tuesday

18

May

11:00 AM 5/18/2021 11:00:00 AM
St. Thomas Catholic Church

904 E Lake Ave
Peoria Heights, IL 61616

St. Thomas Catholic Church
904 E Lake Ave Peoria Heights 61616 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Resurrection Cemetery & Mausoleum Final Resting Place

7519 N Allen Rd
Peoria, IL 61614

7519 N Allen Rd Peoria 61614 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Msgr. Watson Scholarship Fund at St. Thomas Catholic Church

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