SPRINGFIELD – Helen Marie Ward-Hill, 91, a resident of Springfield since 2008, formerly of Live Oak, FL, Vandalia and Sherman, died at 11:55 a.m. Monday, March 15, 2010, at Auburn Nursing and Rehab.
She was born Nov. 12, 1918, in Vandalia, IL, the daughter of William and Cordelia Mae Loffland Brown.
She married Joseph Ward on Jan. 19, 1934; he preceded her in death on Nov. 12, 1964.
Also preceding her in death were her parents; 1 son, Charles; 6 grandchildren; 2 sisters; 2 brothers; and companion, Charles Ward.
Mrs. Ward-Hill retired from Wozniak Upholstery.
She was of the Christian faith and enjoyed sewing, bingo, quilting, taking walks and fishing.
Surviving are three daughters, Delories Smith of Springfield, Etta Mae Krotz of Spaulding and JoAnn Mitchell of Springfield; four sons, John Ward of Florida, Kenneth Ward of Springfield, Richard Ward of California and Robert Ward of Rochester; 35 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 18, 2010, at Staab Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, March 19, 2010, at McInturff Cemetery in Mulberry Grove, Illinois, with Pastor Paul Cox officiating.