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Ann Ward, 82, passed away on the morning of March 6, 2022 at age 82. She is survived by her husband Charles, her children Carol and Douglas Ward, and three grandchildren: Rick, Warren and Zoe Flinn. She was preceded in death by her brother Richard Langdon.
Ann was born in Des Moines, Iowa on July 11, 1939, the daughter of Herschel and Ethel Langdon. A graduate of Northwestern University, she married Charles Ward in 1961 following her graduation. The couple first lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts for six years while Charles earned his graduate degree. Both children were born in Cambridge.
The couple moved to Hinsdale, Illinois in 1967. Re-entering the work force she was employed as an elementary school secretary at Oak School in Hinsdale where she retired after 21 years of service. At her retirement the school honored her with a plaque and her picture mounted just outside the school office.
Following her retirement in 1998 she and Charles moved to Columbia to be near her grandchildren as they were born and grew up. She was active in a number of Columbia Newcomers groups for the remainder of her life, including the canasta, bunco, book and walking groups. She served as chair of the book group for many years.
Ann’s life was especially notable for teaching and living the value and love of family as well as her service to all her extended family members.
Interests she shared with Charles were a love of travel; the couple made trips to foreign countries virtually every year from 1985 through 2019. For many years they also enjoyed the summer concert series of the Missouri Symphony Society at the Missouri Theater in downtown Columbia.
A gathering of friends will be held Sunday, March 20, 2022 at 1:00 pm at Heartland Cremation & Burial Society, 616 Jackson St., Columbia, MO 65203, with eulogies to be shared at 2:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Missouri Symphony Society at themosy.org.