Velma Emma Ward


OLATHE — Velma Emma Ward, 99, of Olathe, formerly of Garden City, died Friday, May 16, 2014, at Good Samaritan Nursing Center.

OLATHE — Velma Emma Ward, 99, of Olathe, formerly of Garden City, died Friday, May 16, 2014, at Good Samaritan Nursing Center.

She was born Sept. 7, 1914, to Mabel and Asa Carroll on the Kells homestead in Haskell County. She attended schools in Haskell County and Garden City.

She married Johnnie Louis Ward on Sept. 19, 1931, in Lakin. They moved to Fredonia where she helped with farming and was a housewife. They moved to Garden City in 1946.

Later in life, she worked at a women's clothing store for several years. She enjoyed cooking and sewing, was active in Eastern Star, a Girl Scout leader and liked to work on crafts. After moving to Olathe she lived at the Olathe Towers, where she was an active volunteer in the sewing club and dining services.

Survivors include a daughter, Mildred "Millie" Yount of Olathe; a daughter-in-law, Loletta, of Tempe, Ariz.; a brother, Kenneth Carroll of Garden City; two sisters, Kathryn Yardley and Doris Sperry, both of Garden City; five grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Donald Ward; three sisters, Mary Ball, Reva Robinson and Vera Van Winkle; a brother, Charles Carroll; and a son-in-law, Doyle Yount.

A memorial service is 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Chapel at Good Samaritan in Olathe, where family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Graveside services will be held at a later date in Garden City.

Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to Olathe Hospice of Olathe Medical Center.

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