Mrs. Bertie Alice Ward, age 79, of Boone, passed away Thursday afternoon, April 10, 2014 at Watauga Medical Center.

Born July 6, 1934 in Watauga County, she was a daughter of Claude and Manarka Ward. She was of the Baptist faith. Bertie was a Christian lady who loved her Lord and adored her family. She enjoyed her family, walking the Greenway, and harvesting and canning her many vegetable gardens.

Mrs. Ward is survived by her children, Frank Ward and wife, Sandra, Judy Ann Miller and husband, J.W. and Steve Lane Ward, all of Boone, Eddie Dean Ward and wife, Betty, of Sugar Grove, and Linda Baldwin of Mountain City, Tennessee; twelve grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren; and her sister, Margie Harmon of Sugar Grove. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jessie James Ward; grandson, Matthew Tester; six sisters, Vernie Hicks, Addie Ward, Emma Kay Ward, Viola Ward and two infants, Tiny Ruth and Dollie Ann; and her son-in-law, Bill Baldwin.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday afternoon, April 13, 2014, at 3 o'clock at the Liberty United Methodist Church, officiated by Rev. Dean Ward and Rev. Derek Wilson. Burial will follow in the Matney-Liberty Community Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Saturday evening from 6 until 8 o'clock at Austin & Barnes.

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Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Ward family.

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