Sarah Elizabeth (Houck) Ward, age 88, of Ellis, passed away Friday, November 2, 2012 at Hays Medical Center. She was born Thanksgiving Day, November 29, 1923 in Independence, Ks to Frank M. and Helen (Halsey) Houck. She married Gerald L. Ward, MD in 1947 in Independence, Ks. He preceded her death on December 14, 1967.
She was a homemaker and worked for Fort Hays State University as the Executive Secretary to the Alumni Department. She graduated from Independence Kansas High School and earned a Bachelors degree from KU and was also the President of her Chi Omega Sorority when she was enrolled at KU in Lawrence, Ks. She also earned a Masters degree in Counseling from Fort Hays State University. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Hays, attended the Ellis Congregationalist Church, a PEO member, Ellis School Board member, and Fort Hays State University Alumni member.
Survivors include three sons, Les Ward DDS and wife Kathleen of Hays, Jonathan Ward and wife Mary Of Leawood, Ks and Thomas Ward, MD of Little Rock, Ar., daughter Sara Klementis and husband Robert of Parker, CO and six grandchildren, Twig, Nathaniel, Kelsey, Halsey, Dylan and Samuel.
Her parents, a brother Frank H Houck and a sister Cynthia Rector preceded her death.
Memorial Services will be 11:00 AM Monday November 19th at the Presbyterian Church of Hays. Private family interment will take place in Mt Hope Cemetery in Ellis.
Arrangements in care of Keithley Funeral Chapel, 400 E. 17th, Ellis Ks 67637.
Memorials are suggested to the Alumni Association at Fort Hays State University or the Nursing Department at Fort Hays State University.
First Presbyterian Church
Hays, Kansas 67601