Vivian Murriel Ward, 81,
went to be in the arms of her heavenly Father on Monday, March 26, 2007, from
her home in Sunnyside.
Vivian will be remembered
for many attributes, one of which was her delightful sense of humor. She found
ways to laugh and make others laugh. There was always a silver lining in all
situations that she would point out to everyone else.
She will always be known as
a loving, caring, sweet and kindhearted lady to all who knew and loved her.
She was the first of six
children, born Oct. 24, 1925, in Lenore, Idaho, the daughter of Lloyd and
Murriel (Onstott) Cook. She grew up on the family farm in Lenore, where she
rode her horse to school on many occasions. Vivian received her early education
at West Cream School later graduating from Lapwai High School.
On Nov. 2, 1948, she married
John Daniel Ward in Clarkston. Together they made their home at Lewiston, Idaho
and The Dallas, Ore. before making their home in Sunnyside.
She enjoyed crafts, crochet,
dancing, playing cards and bingo with family and friends.
Vivian was a member of the
VFW, Sunnyside Senior Center and a long-time member of the Eagles.
Vivian is survived by her
children, Glenda Liebert and husband, Wayne, of Yakima, Glen Ward and wife,
Paula, of Grandview, Charlene “Punky” Gordon and husband, Roy, of Phoenix,
Ariz., Jenneal Ward of Yakima, and Jane Ward of Anchorage, Alaska; a
daughter-in-law, Pam Ward, of Zillah; 16
grandchildren and 24 great- grandchildren. She is also survived by her
siblings, Clarence Cook, Don Cook, Dorothy Springer and Kathy Cook.
She was preceded in death by
her infant brother, James Cook; her husband, John Ward; her parents, Lloyd and
Murriel Cook; and one son, John Ward II.
Viewing and visitation will
be held Thursday, March 29, 2007, from 8:30 a.m. until the time of the funeral
services at 1 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside, with burial to follow at
Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside.
Mom, thank you for being so
very special to each one of us in our day-to-day lives, God truly blessed each
one of us by giving us you as a mother. You were, and are, so greatly loved and
we had the true blessing of being your children. We love you, Mom.
In lieu of flowers, those
wishing to honor her memory may contribute to the Lower Valley Hospice. Smith
Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.