Ward, Stella Alice-Belle Weaver 1920 – 2004

Obituary – Stella Alice-Belle (Weaver) Ward
Contributed to Genealogy Pit Stop
By Jayson A. Smith

Volume 125 #32 Page 5A
Friday – November 26, 2004


CHESTER – Stella A. Ward of Phoenix Avenue died Thursday, Nov. 25, 2004, at East Liverpool City Hospital.

Born in Dover, Ohio, on Oct. 27, 1920, she was 84 years old. She was a daughter of the late Franklin R. and Ola B. Allison Weaver.

Stella taught school for 21 years in the Hancock County School System from 1961 to 1981. Later she taught for 10 years as a substitute in the Beaver Local School District.

A member of the Chester First Christian Church, she was active in the Discovery class. A 1938 graduate of Chester High School, she graduated from West Virginia University and had also attended West Liberty State Teachers College.

Stella loved life and kept very active. Some of her many activities included tutor for Laubach literacy program of Hancock County. She was a former member of the Chester-Newell Chamber of Commerce, where she served on the Hometown Christmas Committee and served as its chairperson for two years; a member of the Wellsburg Chapter 23 Order of Eastern Star; GFWC; a past president and member of the Chester Arts Club; WVFWC; past president and chaplain of the Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post 6450; Hilly Mays; Chester Golden Age Club; and Beaver Creek Par 3 Ladies Golf League.

Her husband, Burton G. Ward, preceded her in death on Oct. 31, 1980. A grandson, Clifford Gayle Ward, also preceded her on Sept. 16, 1972.

Survivors include her son, Thomas R. Ward and his wife Ethel of Hookstown; and two daughters, Patricia Blake and her husband Jerry of Ormond Beach, Fla., and Elaine Smith and her husband William of East Liverpool. In addition surviving grandchildren include Larry, David, Jerry, Terry, Brian and Linda Ward, Jayson Smith, Raelene Blake, Valerie Blake and Kelly Brown. There are also 13 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, 2004, at the Arner Funeral Chapel in Chester with the Rev. Phil Fairchild of the church officiating. Entombment will take place at the Beaver Cemetery Mausoleum in Beaver, Pa.

Family and friends will be received at the funeral home on Saturday, where the family will be present from 12 to 9 p.m., and on Sunday one hour prior to the services.

Following funeral services on Sunday, the family has extended an invitation for a gathering of food and fellowship that will be held at the VFW Post 6450 in Chester.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation at 1835 Franklin St., Dover, OH 80218.