Esther Christine Perry Ward, 101, of Plymouth, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, March 31, 2023 at ECU Health Roanoke Chowan Hospital in Ahoskie.
Born December 8, 1921 in Bertie County she was the daughter of the late Henry Ernest Perry and Annie Mae Cobb Perry and was preceded in death by her loving husband, Milton Thomas Ward; son, Ernest Thomas Ward; sisters, Margaret Smithwick, Lucille Hardison and Ann Asbell; brothers, Ledrew Perry and Wilbur Perry. Mrs. Ward was a member of First Baptist Church and was active in the Women's Missionary Union, Sunday School Teacher and Bereavement Committee.
Her family includes her sons, Milton Harry Ward and wife Mittie and Jeffrey Wayne Ward and wife Joyce both of Plymouth, NC; daughters, Frances W. Gudger and Linda W. Anderson both of Harrisburg, NC, Janice W. Bielmyer and husband Ervin of Wilsons, VA, and Susan W. Lewis and husband Don of Montgomery, TX; daughter-in-law, Jessie Pritchard Ward of Plymouth, NC; nineteen grandchildren, thirty-eight great grandchildren and eleven great-great grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 6, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church with Reverends Jimmy Hagwood and Paul Harrington officiating. Burial will follow at Hillside Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 5, 2023 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Maitland Funeral Home, Plymouth and other times at the residence.
Flowers are welcome or donations may be made to Samaritans Purse, St. Judes or Baptist Children's Home.
Arrangements are by Maitland Funeral Home, Plymouth.