Personal Service, Peace of Mind, Pleasant Memories

Hattie Morris Ward

07/22/1932 - 10/25/2017

Viewing Information

A viewing will be held, Thursday, November 2, 2017 at Metropolitan Funeral Service, Granby Street.

Service Information

A funeral service will be held, 11am, Friday, November 3, 2017
Gethsemane Community Fellowship Church
1317 Brambleton Avenue Norfolk VA

Interment Information

Woodlawn Memorial Gardens
6309 E Virginia Beach Blvd, Norfolk VA

On Wednesday morning, October 25, 2017, with an angelic smile on her face, Mother Hattie Morris Ward met her Savior face to face after over 15 months in Hospice at her Norfolk home. She was born on July 22, 1932 to Mrs. Jessie Morris Winslow in Colerain, N.C. After her mother’s marriage to her stepfather, Mr. Charlie Winslow, they moved to Norfolk, VA where she remained until her mother’s death at the age of 10. She was educated in Norfolk, and later Bertie County Public School Systems. Upon the death of her mother she went to live with her grandparents, Gulia and James Morris, (both deceased), her older sister, Willie Bell (deceased) and younger brother, Joe Willie Morris (deceased). At the age of 16 she went to live with her mother’s older sister Aunt Georgia and Uncle Stockey Winborne where she later met the future love of her life, Deacon Joe Randolph Ward (deceased) working in the tobacco fields. In 1950 after their marriage they moved back to her hometown of Norfolk where they raised seven children. Mother Ward started her faith walk at the “Mother Church,” later named C.H. Mason Memorial C.O.G.I.C. and later joined the New Hope C.O.G.I.C. where she, along with her husband, served the Church faithfully and tirelessly for almost 40 years as a member of the Deacon’s wives, (performing the duties of a Deaconess in the Baptist Church), Senior, and Mass choir and Children’s choir. The service they enjoyed the most was visiting the sick and shut in after church almost every Sunday, serving Communion, praying, running errands, cleaning homes, and even providing natural herbs to help their healing process. No one would ever know about this unless you were in Wednesday night prayer meeting listening to the testimonies of the Saints. With mom and dad around there was always laughter so the testimonies included shouts of praise and roars of laughter. All in love, affection, and gratitude. Mother Ward also served faithfully in the choir and loved working with the director of the children’s choir. Whenever there was anyone with a need and Mother Ward knew of it and she could help, it was done. Serving God’s people was her delight until she was no longer able to physically serve. When she could no longer attend church due to her declining health, Elder and Sister Melvin Munden of the Angelic C.O.G.I.C. stepped in and covered her in ministry.She was an American Red Cross volunteer for a number of years with the Blood Mobile before joining the staff as a Blood Transport Driver delivering blood products throughout the Tidewater area until her retirement in 2002. Mother Ward leaves to cherish her memory one daughter, Jo Ann Obie (Barry) of Haymarket, VA, and six sons; Larry Jr. Ward, Randy Ward, Chester Lee Ward, Kelvin Eugene Ward (Bonita), Steven Ward, and Joseph Anthony Ward (Constance); 13 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, 5 great-great-grandchildren a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, a spiritual daughter Winnie Chambliss (Ronald) of Salinas, CA., dear friends Mother Helen Clark and Sister Tina Mack and many other extended family members.

Estherine J. Harding Mrs. Constance Ward & Family, You have my deepest sympathy in the passing of your mother-in-law. I pray that God will speak comfort and healing during this most difficult time. God is very near to those who are grieved.
Posted: 11/2/2017
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Monte Ford I love you grandma.
Posted: 10/31/2017
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Mark & Kebbler Williams Though it is never easy to say "Goodbye," what joy it must bring to think of Mrs. Ward meeting Jesus face to face as He says, "Well done, my good and faithful servant."
Posted: 10/31/2017
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Nicole I'm truly sorry for your loss of your loved one. May the God of tender mercies(Psalm83:18) strengthen you, Psalm 55:22
Posted: 10/30/2017
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