Emma Lea Ward
July 18, 1941 - August 30, 2016
Emma was born in Colorado City, Texas, to Don and Lucille Blassingame. She graduated from Colorado City High School as salutatorian in 1959. Emma attended Tarleton University and completed her degree in computer science at Trinity Valley Community College in 1987.
She married Bobby Ward, her high school sweet heart, on December 31, 1960. They lived in San Diego, California, while Bobby served in the Navy and moved back to Texas after his service. They were married 56 years.
Emma has two sons, four grandchildren, and one great grandson. She valued family time and enjoyed spending holidays and other special times with her sons, daughter in-laws, and grandchildren. Her family always says that if you look up mother or grandmother in the dictionary you would find her picture.
She served her community as a CASA volunteer and as a member of the Larue United Methodist Church. Over the past seven years she and Bobby have received numerous awards for their service to CASA. During that time she helped over 40 children. Emma enjoyed many hobbies such as woodcarving, sewing, beadwork, woodburning, painting, and gardening.
Over the years she also worked for Gulf Life Insurance, Kaufman First United Methodist Church, Kaufman County Appraisal District, and Henderson County Appraisal District.
Emma was preceded in death by her parents, Don and Lucille Blassingame and her granddaughter Ashley Ward. She is survived by her husband Bobby Ward of Larue; son Eric Ward and wife Sonya of Mabank; son Brad Ward and wife Anna of Dallas; granddaughter Amber Ward Kimball and husband Jason of Richardson; grandsons Brady and Austin Ward; and great-grandson Lex Ward Kimball.
Other remaining family includes her sister Carol Davis and husband Tommy of Granbury; brother David Blassingame and wife Judy of Fort Worth; brother in law Danny Ward and wife Lois of Powderly; brother in law Leon Ward and wife Reba of Big Spring; Aunt Martha Hamilton of Friona; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that you to donate to CASA of Trinity Valley, First United Methodist Church of Larue, or Cedar Lake Hospice. You can donate to CASA of Trinity Valley at www.casaoftv.org or by check to CASA of Trinity Valley, PO Box 2259, Athens, Texas 75751. To donate to FUMC please send donations to FUMC of Larue, 11259 CR 4353, Larue, Texas 75770. To donate to Cedar Lake Hospice please send donations to 104 South Terry St., Malakoff, Texas 75148.
Published on August 30, 2016