Gloria Jean Ward was born on Sept. 26, 1950, to the late Charlie and Marie Boston-Ward in Marion, La.. She died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, quietly at home, surrounded by loved ones.
Gloria was a member of the Marion Baptist Church in Marion. She graduated from Eastside High School in 1968. She was a homemaker and in her younger years she worked in the health care professional.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Herschel Ward; one child, James Smith Jr.; her parents, Charlie and Marie Ward; seven siblings, Naomi Boyette, Eddie Page, Maxine Martin, Charles Ward, Willie Ed Ward, Annie Marie Ward and Oliver Ward.
Survivosr include two daughters, Andrea Smith of Marion, and Alicia Ward of Mandeville, La.; two brothers, Morris Page of Houston, Texas and Leon Ward of Farmerville, La.; one sister, Florence Ward-Field of Monroe, La.; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 9, at the Marion Baptist Church in Marion.
Visitation will be noon until 5 p.m. Friday at the Mitchell Memorial chapel.
Burial will follow in the Marion Baptist Cemetery under the direction of Mitchell Memorial Funeral Service of Crossett.