Rita M. (King) Ward formerly of Lavalette

Rita M. (King) Ward, 90 of Midland Meadows Senior Living, Ona, WV formerly of Lavalette, WV passed away Sunday, August 12, 2012. Funeral services will be held at the Lavalette United Methodist Church on Wednesday, August 15 at 11 a.m. with visitation starting at 10 a.m. Woman at the Well Ministries, Kim Miller, Erika Klose, and Beth Ross along with Pastor Carol McKay will officiate the service. Burial will immediately follow to Spring Valley Memory Gardens. Rita was born on December 30, 1921 in Huntington, WV, a daughter of the late Arthur and Rose Marie King. Rita was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Q. Ward; son, Stephen R. Ward; brother, Robert King; and a sister, Betty Jo King. She graduated from St. Joseph High School in Huntington. After her marriage to Jack, Rita was a life-long resident of Lavalette. She was known throughout the Lavalette community for her delicious pies and passed that skill and recipes on to her granddaughters. Rita is survived by one daughter, Jacquelyn M. Ward of Morehead City, NC, one son, Daniel J. (Delores) Ward of Barboursville, WV; five grandchildren, Jeff Ward of Pittsburgh, PA, Stephanie Kendall of Washington, DC, Rebekah Ward of Chicago, IL, Matthew (Carol) Ward of Proctorville, OH, and Laura Ward of Culloden, WV; two special sisters in law and their husbands, Betty (Charlie) Ellis, Gail (Bostic) Brumfield; three great grandchildren; several loving nieces and nephews; and a special former daughter in law, Beverly Ward Gibson. The family would like to thank the caregivers at Midland Meadows Senior Living where she received the best of care and much love. Rita loved them all. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lavalette United Methodist Church or Hospice of Huntington. Beard Mortuary is assisting the family. Online condolences may be conveyed to the family at www.beardmortuary.com