Martha Ward, 88

Martha Lee (Hartzell) “Pete” Ward, 88, died at Community Health Center in Coldwater, Mich., on Sept. 4, 2011.

She was a 28-year resident of Colon, Mich., having retired and moved from Versailles, Ohio.

She was married to the late Clarence E “Shorty” Ward on July 19. 1941, in Arcanum, Ohio. He died in March 2003.

Preceding her in death were her sons Gregory Lee Ward of Versailles, Ohio and C. Richard Ward of Hamilton, Ohio.

Surviving are her son, James W. and wife Sherry (Bigham) Ward of Greenville, Ohio; daughter, Gwendolyn Ward and partner Rebecca Brough of Lebanon, Pa.; four grandchildren; seven great-grand children; and daughter in-law, Patricia (Manchess) Ward of Fairfield, Ohio

She was born north of Greenville, Ohio, on Jan. 1, 1923, to Stanley and Bessie (Paul) Hartzell. All her siblings preceded her in death: sisters, Dortha Smith, Thelma Hagaman, and Helen “Rene” Alexander, all of Greenville; and brothers, Kenneth Hartzell of Union City and James Robert Hartzell of Greenville.

Martha spent several years working for the Versailles School District as a bus driver. She was a member of the Versailles United Church of Christ and the Versailles Fire Department Women’s Auxiliary. Upon retiring to Colon, Mich., she started a new career as a Foot Reflexologist which she practiced until recently.

Martha loved fishing, basket weaving and natural healing work.

Gwen Ward will be hosting a Celebration of Life service at her Mother’s home in Colon on Saturday. Former clients and friends may call between 10 a.m. – noon. A short ceremony will be held at 11 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Colon Food Pantry or the volunteer fire department of your choice.

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