Mary O’Brien Ward, 90, died Monday, April 12, 2010 in Greer, SC. Born in Wilkes-Barre, PA, she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Florence Brannigan O’Brien.
After graduating from Hazleton High School in 1936, Mrs. Ward worked as a switchboard supervisor for Bell Telephone Company in Wilkes-Barre, PA, where she took the phone call alerting Northeast Pennsylvania that Pearl Harbor had been attacked. She was an active member of the Susquehanna Trailers, a hiking club, where she met her husband, Richard Ward. They were married in 1951 and established their home at Hidden Acres Farm near McKendree, PA. She was a member of St. Martha’s Catholic Church in Stillwater, PA.
Surviving are three children, Richard Ward and wife Debbie of Larchmont, NY, Thomas Ward of Annapolis, MD, and Marianne Ballard and husband Lawson Hugh Ballard, Jr. of Greenville, SC; seven grandchildren, Jake, Derek, Rebecca, David and Jeff Ward, Katherine and Lawson Ballard.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christ Church Episcopal Haiti Fund, 10 N. Church Street, Greenville, SC 29601 or to The Fresh Air Fund, 633 Third Avenue, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10164-3981.
Richard and Debbie Ward will be receiving in their home on Thursday evening, April 15th, from 7 to 9 PM for those who wish to call.
The funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Martha’s Catholic Church in Stillwater, PA at 10:00 AM Saturday, April 17th. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Hanover Township near Wilkes-Barre, PA.