- 77 years old
- Date of birth: Dec 21, 1938
- Date of passing: Dec 2, 2016
- Place of passing:
Denver, Colorado, United States
|Nature’s first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf’s a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay.|
On Friday, December 2, Elizabeth Flor Ward passed away at home in Denver, Colorado, just three weeks shy of her 78th birthday.
Born December 21, 1938, Beth was the oldest child of Raymond and Bernice Flor of Buffalo, New York. At the age of nine, Beth contracted the polio virus and with the aid of newly emerging physical therapy techniques, made a complete recovery. In 1960, she graduated from the University of Buffalo School Of Nursing and married Army officer Thomas A. Ward. As an Army wife, Beth most enjoyed living and traveling in Europe where she could research her family’s German heritage and perfect her skill with German cuisine. Following their divorce, Beth raised and educated three children with the help of a wonderful network of friends and family. She went on to graduate study in anesthesiology and became qualified as a nurse anesthetist, enjoying a long and successful career. With grown children, and parenting responsibilities behind her, Beth met her true life partner, Carl Sullivan. They spent 25 wonderful years together enjoying travel, family and good food. A great lover of books and baking, Beth shared favorite reads and family recipes with her loved ones and circle of friends. Her sparkling literary and culinary legacy lives on in her children and grandchildren. She will be greatly missed.
Beth is survived by her loving partner, Carl Sullivan, her three children, Thomas A. Ward, Jr., Timothy P. Ward, and Susan Ward Eggerton; their spouses, Albert Eggerton and Jennifer Ward, and five grandchildren. Also surviving is her sister Mary Alexander of Buffalo, New York.
A private remembrance will be held with friends and family.
"To Ms. Ward's family please accept these thoughts for each of you. Many things you will missed about Ms. Elizabeth, but continue to keep them dear. Many people in this world can not say they have experience love. May you be encourage by this scripture when you need strength. "God is for us a refuge and strength, A help that is readily to be found during distresses.""
My deepest sympathy to all. Remember all the joy you had with your mom, sharing those delicious recipes. Remember her laughter, and those private talks you shared. Those were fond memories to share with others to keep your mom warm in their hearts also. Most important of all, remember the promise God made "To bring back the soul.... to be enlightened with the light of the living". (Job 33:30) Soon you will all embrace her again."
"I'm so sorry for the loss of Mrs. Ward. I didn't know her personally, but from the pictures and loving comments, I can tell that she was greatly loved and a wonderful person. We are all hurt by death no matter what the circumstances are. The one that is hurt by death more than anyone is our heavenly father - the one that created us. God never intended for us to grow old, get sick or die. However, He does promise to bring back our lost loved ones. He tells us this at John 5:28, 29 where it reads "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good to a resurrection of life..." Just imagine - You and Mrs. Ward living forever healthy on a paradise Earth! That is the hope that our heavenly father gives us. I hope that this scripture and these words bring you the comfort and peace that you need in times like these."
")ne April Fools Beth got 5 alarm clocks and set then off at every half hour, from 11 o'clock, 11:30, 12, 12:3o and 1am...... All you heard was E_Lis_A_Beth from dad..... while Beth, Ray and I snickered...The next morning on the kitchen table was a note...NO LUNCH too tired... We did not laugh!!! She was a wonderful girl...."
"To my cousins and their families and to Carl and yours I just wanted to let each of you know how sorry I am that Aunt Beth has left you and Mom to be with Grandma & Papa and Uncle Ray. (Let’s face it; we know she’s going wherever they are…Mom always said “Beth is Dad’s favorite!”)
To say she was a strong German with drive and determination, would be an understatement… she was a woman determined to complete whatever she set out to do whether it be personal or professional and it’s clear from the paths each of you have taken in life that the apples didn’t fall very far from the tree . She may have been tough, but she loved each of her children and took such joy watching you excel in life. And to have met someone like Carl… well that was the icing on the cake of life, a soul mate to share her life with! Your laughter together was contagious and your love for one another, envious.
I love all of you and only wish we were geographically closer to share hugs more often."
"We hope that you are looking down at those who love you and that you are at peace. People are reflecting on the goodness, compassion, and love that you showed in your life as a mother, as a nurse, and as a partner and friend. You are missed and we are sure that you recognize grief and see tears—and they are good things.
Grief shows that you mattered—that lives were touched by you…your absence leaves a mark…and those who love you will never forget you. Grief is a manifestation of love. All of that love gathers up in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat, and the hollow part of your chest. Grief is love that has no place to go. And then the tears come with joyful memories that spill from the heart.
The memories of you are happy ones—full of smiles, happy times, and sunny days. You loved your family, and your definition of family was all inclusive. It didn’t matter if people were actually relatives, whoever was in your presence and at the dinner table received the same love and caring that you extended to all. When you said “Family times were the best times,” it included a vast number of people.
Sometimes in life you wonder if you made a difference in the lives of those around you—You did, and you will continue to influence the lives of those you love. You will be at every holiday, there will be loving memories, and fun stories shared in the years to come. And if we are fortunate, we will all be with you in the future. Thank you for touching our lives in so many ways. ~Gerry and Diane"
"I will miss Beth's encouragement, positive attitude, and mostly her care and love for my Father. She was a hard working woman and had many talents. Her pecan pie was second to none. I am proud to call her my Step-Mom."
"Beth was an extraordinary woman. She was loved by so many and was a tremendous blessing in all of our lives. I could not have asked for a better Mother in law, role model and friend. I am truly a better woman for having had her in my life.
Her grace, determination, wit and loving spirit will always be an inspiration to me and my family. We love you Beth Ward, and know that you are now in heaven, sipping a good German beer with your brother Ray. God Bless."
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