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.


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