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Carol Ann Ward

December 12, 1941 — May 8, 2024

Wichita

Carol Ann Ward

Carol Ann (Stroud) Ward went to be with Jesus at 9:30AM, Wednesday May 08, 2024. She passed from the complications of Dementia in the Memory Care unit of The Dove Estates in Goddard, KS. She passed peacefully with loved ones at her side.

She was born December 12, 1941 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (PA) to Richard Lewis Stroud and Mary Susan (Wingart) Stroud. She graduated from John Harris High School in 1959. She was active in the band front as a baton twirler. Too, she loved playing tennis, particularly with her grandfather, Whitey. Upon graduation she went to work for Bell Telephone of Pennsylvania as an operator.

In June 1960 she met the love of her life, Rodney (Rod) Kent Ward. They were married on October 29, 1965 in Harrisburg, PA. What followed was a wonderful life traveling the world with Rod working for the CIA. They lived, first, in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 1966-1967. While serving there the first of their two children was born, Bryan Kent, on May 07, 1967. Their second child, Beth Ann, was born in Harrisburg, PA on November 07,1970. Their second overseas assignment was 1976-1978 in Kinshasa, Zaire (ex; Democratic Republic of the Congo). Their final overseas assignment was in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, 1989-1990.

They returned and retired to Linglestown, PA in 1991. Carol loved medicine and so went to work part time at two different pharmacies in order to earn time to qualify for Social Security. Later they moved to Pinehurst, NC for final retirement. Carol was active in the Methodist Church, doing anything that was asked of her to serve. She particularly loved the Altar guild. She, too, loved arts and crafts. Mostly she loved to decorate and make arrangements out of God's creations; flowers, pinecones, vines, et al. She also loved to entertain and could create a dinner for 20 without blinking an eye making it all look effortless. Carol was also a loving, devoted and proud Grandmother. She loved her girls.

In sum, she loved life, everyone she met loved her. Included here are a few comments from family and friends: "I loved Carol, she was such a lovely person. She was such a sweet lady. Carol was a special, caring lady. I remember her hospitality, how we talked and laughed around your table groaning with good things to eat. Her generosity, her sense of humor. She always liked to help with family get-togethers. She had a deep appreciation of beauty wherever she found it. She was unfailingly kind and generous to me. She was a special lady & will be missed!"

Carol and Rod have 2 grandchildren, Morgan and Sydney. They were married 58 and one half years. Their mailing address is; 224 W Grand Ave., #69, Haysville, KS 67060.

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, gifts be sent to the Alzheimer's/Dementia organization nearest you.

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