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July 9, 1932 October 29, 2010
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Blanche Doris Ward, 78, of Owings, MD was born in Sunderland, Maryland on July 9, 1932. She was the eleventh of thirteen children of the late Ashby Rawlings Sr. and Sarah Morsell-Rawlings.
After months of battling cancer, which weakened her body, yet intensely strengthened her resolve and her relationship with GOD; she was called Home to be with the Lord on October 29, 2010 at her residence.
A lifelong resident of Calvert County, Blanche graduated from Brooks High School - Class of 1950. She spent her entire life as a humble and selfless worker - from the tobacco fields, to being an aid in the classrooms at Mt. Harmony Elementary School, to providing a helping hand at numerous local businesses and households. She was currently employed by Dave and Carol Wayson, Henry Powell, and Andrew T. Gergely, M.D. & Associates, LLC. Blanche was always a Guiding Light and instrument of GOD used to bring glory and praise to His name.
Blanche was raised in the Mt. Hope United Methodist Church home, where she was more than a faithful member; she was recognized by many as a pillar of the church's foundation. Blanche played an active role on numerous church committees (e.g., United Methodist Women, Staff-Parish Relations Committee, etc.) coordinating events and programs, as well as lending a helping hand to anyone from the pulpit to the pew. She also volunteered for numerous Avon Walks for Breast Cancer. Most will remember her love and dedication to the youth, and her passion to develop their relationships with GOD by piling them into her car on Sundays and taking them to church, on field trips or to work with her.
Blanche was married to Benjamin Franklin Ward to whom they begot her only child, their daughter Valerie.
Blanche was preceded in her journey by her parents (Ashby Rawlings, Sr. and Sarah Morsell-Rawlings), three brothers (Stanley, Ashby Jr., and Henry Rawlings) and five sisters (Eva Smith, Ringgold Clayton, Charlotte Burriss, Landous Smith, and Sadie Gray).
Her memory lives on through her husband (Benjamin Ward), daughter (Valerie Ward), grandson (Terence Davis), four sisters (Emma Kent, Mildred Wills, Ida Rice and Marjorie Nowlin), Dorothy Spriggs and Joseph Spriggs who she commonly referred to as her adopted mother and brother, best friend (Dorothy Jacks), nephews, cousins, friends and all who have come to know her as either "Mama Blanche," "Aunt Blanche," "Cousin Blanche," "Mrs. Ward" or simply by her nickname "Dee."


Mt. Hope UM Church 145 Dalrymple Road Sunderland, MD 20689 (map/driving directions)


9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Mt. Hope UM Church 145 Dalrymple Road Sunderland, MD 20689 on Thursday, November 4, 2010 (map/driving directions)


11:00 AM at Mt. Hope UM Church 145 Dalrymple Road Sunderland, MD 20689 on Thursday, November 4, 2010 (map/driving directions)
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