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Marda Sue Ward

June 24, 1943 — May 19, 2020

Energy- Marda Sue Ward, age 76, of Energy, passed away at 11:47am on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.

Marda was born in Herrin on June 24, 1943, the daughter of Vernon T. and Myrtle L. (Priddy) Vancil. She married William R. “Snooks” Ward at the Energy Methodist Church on February 9, 1962. He preceded her in death on September 23, 1996.

Mrs. Ward was a lifelong member of Lone Oak Baptist Church in Energy. She had retired from People’s Bank where she had worked as a bank teller. Marda enjoyed searching for treasures at yard sales and reading. She was a caregiver to many and faithful friend to all those that knew and loved her. She will be missed by many.

Survivors include-

Son- William R. and Lori Ann Ward of Marion

Daughter- Lori and John Gelgut of Energy

Son- Michael A. Ward of Herrin

Daughter- Danielle Clark of Energy

Fourteen Grandchildren

Sixteen Great Grandchildren

Sister- Joyce Miller of Branson, MO

Brother- Bob Vancil of Herrin

Sister- Vera Mooney of Jackson, MS

Sister-in-law- Linda Ellery of Energy

Lifelong friend- Jane Cagle of Energy

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and granddaughter- Kalyn Gelgut.

DUE TO HEALTH CONCERNS RELATED TO THE COVID-19 VIRUS, private funeral services will be held at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin with Rev. Jerry Schell and Pastor David Dyer officiating. Burial will follow at Herrin City Cemetery.

For those who prefer, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association. Envelopes will be available and accepted at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home, 201 South 13th Street, Herrin, Illinois 62948. 

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