Lorna Alice Ward

Lorna Alice Ward passed away January 10, 2023 at her home in Independence, Missouri, surrounded by her loved ones. Lorna was born February 20, 1929 in Imboden, Arkansas during a record snowstorm. She was the second oldest of nine children born to Wallace and Etta (Jines) Smith. After she graduated from Sloan Hendrix High School, she moved to Aurora, Illinois, where she met the love of her life, Richard (Dick) Ward. They married in December of 1947 and enjoyed 55 years of marriage.

Lorna was a homemaker and mother to Richard (Rick), Mark and Jan. After her children were grown, she welcomed her grandchildren Theresa and Richard (Jay) into her home after her son Rick was killed.

She was preceded in death by her husband Dick Ward in 2002, her son Rick in 1985 and her son Mark in 2004.

Survivors include her daughter Jan and her husband Conrado Duenas of Independence, Missouri; granddaughter Theresa and her husband Steven Cockhill of Lubbock, Texas; grandson Richard Ward of Los Angeles, California and her beloved great granddaughters Addison Alice-Rose Cockhill of Lubbock, Texas.

Lorna remained steadfast in her faith and her devotion to her family to the very end. She will be missed greatly, but we know there was a great reunion in heaven.

Private graveside services will be held in Lincoln Memorial Cemetery in Aurora, IL.

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  1. SherryLynn Jones on January 17, 2023 at 11:03 am

    very classy, southern belle with much class. I’ve only known her since 2001 but seemed like longer even though I didn’t get a chance to see her often. I am so sorry for your losses but I know Heaven will have a new member and quite a reunion. Have a Jesus filled life and my thoughts are with you all

  2. Crystall Merlino on January 17, 2023 at 11:06 am

    My love goes to all of you. We loved Aunt Lorna so much. Her beautiful smile and sense of humor are remembered. I know she will be greatly missed.

  3. SherryLynn Jones on January 17, 2023 at 11:10 am

    I met Aunt Lorna in 2001 and she always was nice to me. We ran into each other in Cub Foods 3 times when we lived in Aurora. We joked about meeting there. Aunt Lorna reminded me of Sophia Loren with so much class. She was a great aunt to Tommy. I wish I could have known her longer but I felt like I did. I surely respected her. We went to her apartment, before she moved to Missouri and I found out she loved cardinals I am so sorry for your losses. She is quite a southern belle, very classy. God bless you all and we know what a reunion it was this week in Heaven I sure was glad I met her. God bless.

  4. Dondie and Joy Ramos on January 18, 2023 at 2:14 pm

    Theresa, our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to you and to the rest of the family. May you find comfort, strength, courage and peace in the Lord and may you get through this difficult time through prayers and the comfort of friends around you. Sending you love and big hugs!!

  5. Jill C on January 22, 2023 at 8:58 am

    I am so very sorry for your loss. She was such a sweet and spunky lady. She welcomed me into her home when I needed a place to stay and finish school, and she treated me like family. I was blessed to have known her. I pray that God fills you all with His peace & comfort and you draw near to Him as you continue life here without her.

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