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Ethel Mae Ward

Ethel Mae Ward, 85, of Quincy, died at 2:15 a.m. Sunday, June 30, 2013, at Heartland of Bellefontaine.

She was born in DeGraff on April 9, 1928, a daughter of the late Clyde Otho and Mattie Viola Nevers Jones.

On May 22, 1948, she married Robert Earl Ward in Quincy and he died May 19, 1994. She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Esther Watkins; two brothers, George and Charles Jones; and two sisters, Shirley Lorton and Mabel Earick.

Survivors include a son, Robert E. (Sandy) Ward of Quincy; a sister, Rose Mary (Don) Heffner of West Charleston; three grandchildren, Rebecca (Clay) Hoelscher, Judith Mae (Steve) Westlake and Robert Allen Watkins; five great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

A 1947 graduate of Quincy High School, she loved her family, collected salt and pepper shakers, and enjoyed fishing and watching the Cincinnati Reds.

She worked as a school custodian at Riverside Local Schools for many years and was a member of VFW Post 3528 Ladies Auxiliary.

Pastor Bob Long officiates a funeral at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Rexer-Riggin-Madden Funeral Home, DeGraff, where visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Burial is in the Greenwood-Union Cemetery, DeGraff.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Quincy/Miami Township Fire and Rescue Squad.

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