Ann Ward, child care provider, great cook




Ann Lorraine (Anable) Ward passed away June 1, 2014 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

She was born in Ogdensburg, NY on Jan. 11, 1934 to Helen and John Anable.  Ann attended Ogdensburg Free Academy and nursing school. She married Newton Ward April 11, 1969.

Although Ann had several jobs in early adulthood, she is most remembered for providing childcare for many of Fulton’s children during a 30-year span. She was known as the woman who lived in the corner house that always created an opening for a child in need of day care.

Many of those children, who now have children of their own, fondly talk about Ann and the memories she created such as swimming lessons, walks to the park, feeding the squirrels and Santa’s arrival at Christmas.

Ann was a lady of strict routines. You knew where she was and what she was doing at any time and any day. You could count on her being dressed, make-up on and every hair in place to start her day by 7 a.m.

The evening routine included a restful soaking bath, followed by a bowl of popcorn and cocktail by 8:30 p.m. Every Saturday consisted of shopping excursions which included visits to Cortini’s, Prowda’s, The Classic Shop, The Princess Shop, JC Penney, Harris’s and Woolworth’s … every place, every Saturday.

This was followed by a stop at the meat market and the grocery store. She would then rush home to go out to dinner with Newt.

One of Ann’s greatest pleasures was cooking and making sure there was a great meal on the table every night. Each family member had their favorite meal; however the most loved meal by all was her famous macaroni and cheese, faithfully served every Friday night for 40 years.

Unfortunately, Alzheimer’s disease eventually robbed her and her family of this enjoyment.

Ann is predeceased by her parents, her brothers Thomas, James and Richard Anable, her sister, Winifred Mayes, and most recently her husband, Newt Ward, who passed on March 8 of this year.

She is survived by her daughters, Tammy (Blake) Bednarz and Shelly (Randy) Allen; step children, Debbie (Richard Campbell) Ely, Connie Ward, Steve (Sue) Ward and Daniel (Sandy) Shue; sister, Paula (Harvey) Grace; brothers, Robert (Jean) Anabel and William Anabel; sister-in-law, Rhoda Brown. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Mathew, Brittney, Jocelyn, Christina, Jessica, Valentina, Kimberly, Courtney, Anna and Blake as well as several nieces and nephews.

Even though Alzheimer’s disease denied her of her independence, she retained her strong wit and sense of humor. Clearly recognizing her cognitive decline, she fought hard to camouflage her disease from family and friends through creative reasoning and loving manipulation.

Calling hours were 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 4 (today) at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.

Contributions in memory of Mrs. Ward may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter, 441 W. Kirkpatrick St., Syracuse, NY 13204.

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