Malad – Viola Thomas Ward passed away Wednesday, October 14, 1998 in the Oneida County Care Center.
Viola was born in Malad on March 21, 1905, the daughter of David R. and Phoebe John Thomas. She was the ninth of 10 children. She spent her younger years helping at home and doing chores typical of that time.
Viola worked at Fred’s Cafe in Malad until she was married. On May 28, 1924, she married George Merlin Ward in Salt Lake City, Utah. Mr. Ward died June 17, 1988.
Viola worked with her husband in his farming and ranching endeavors, and had made her home and family her lifelong work.
Survivors are five daughters, Mrs. Rene (Melba) Deschamps, Mrs. Cleland (Neva) Jones, Mrs. George W. (Judy) Jones, Malad; Ms. Betty Jean Van Horn, Jack-son, Wyoming; and Mrs. Lois Davis, Riverdale, Utah. In addition to her daughters, there are 21 grandchildren, 67 great-grand-children and 38 great-great-grand-children.
Funeral services were held Saturday, October 17, 1998.
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
VIOLA THOMAS WARD – 93
Born March 21, 1905 – Malad, Idaho Passed Away October 14, 1998 – Malad, Idaho
Saturday October17, 1998 – 12 Noon Malad 1st Ward LDS Chapel Bishop Marvin Rett, officiating
CASKET BEARERS – Grandsons
Glenn Davis Wayne Davis Merlin Deschamps
Mike Deschamps Ricky Jones David Jones
George Parry Jones Mark Deschamps
Tom Deschamps Randy Jones Gary Van Horn
Family Prayer George W. Jones, son in law
Organist Helen Ward
Invocation Don Daniels, grandson in law
Vocal Solo “Together Forever Someday’
Rebecca Hewett, great-granddaughter acc. by Trudy Ward
Life Sketch Brenda Daniels, granddaughter
Remarks Bishop Marvin Pett
Vocal “Grandma, Tell Me About The Good Old Days”
Christie Oja & Jill Blaisdell
Benediction . . Craig Strickland, great- grandson-in-law
AT THE MALAD CITY CEMETERY
Dedicatory Prayer. Merlin Deschamps, grandson
Special appreciation to the Malad 6th Ward Relief Society sisters, for their compassionate service.
The family of Viola Ward would like to thank the nurses and staff at the Oneida Care Center for their kindness and tender care to our mother. Also, a special note of appreciation for those that helped with the luncheon for the funeral and brought food and floral arrangements.
Mrs. Rene (Melba) Deschamps, Malad, Idaho Mrs. Betty Jean Van Horn, Jackson, Wyoming Mrs. Cleland (Neva) Jones, Malad, Idaho Mrs. Lois Davis, Riverdale, Utah Mrs. George W. (Judy) Jones, Malad, Idaho