Mary Ellen Cress Ward

  • Died: July 7, 2019
  • Location: Chilhowie, Virginia

Williams Funeral Home

Chilhowie, VA 24319

Tel. (276) 646-8652

Tribute & Message From The Family

Mary Ellen Cress Ward, 70, was taken home to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 7, 2019.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Fred Wayne Cress and Alice Virginia Edmiston Cress.

Mary Ellen is survived by her husband, Louie Wade Ward; one daughter, Deanna Lynn Ward Gravely and husband Chris; two sons, Brian Wade Ward and wife Cindy, Eric Matthew Ward and wife Jennifer; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild; brother, Fred Allen Cress; sisters-in-law, Patty Ward and Beulah Harris; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family would like to thank everyone for their love and support through this difficult time. Special thanks to her cousin, Joyce Edmiston, who has been like a sister to her: transporting her to doctor appointments and supporting her during her battle with cancer. The family would also like to thank the staff at Wythe Hospice of Southwest Virginia, especially Crystal Wynn and Diane Gill who took such wonderful care of Mary Ellen.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 AM on Thursday, July 11, 2019, at Williams Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Kenneth Presnell and Elder Larry Blevins presiding. Burial will follow at the Saint Clair Bottom Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at Williams Funeral Home.

Mary Ellen was a member of Tumbling Creek Primitive Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the church, ICO Ken Presnell 32037 Poor Valley Rd. Saltville, VA 24370.

Condolences can be made to the family online at Williams Funeral Home of Chilhowie is serving the Ward Family.

Condolence & Memory Journal

She was actually my first cousin. Just now found out about her passing. She was always a special lady. Such a warm heart like her mother Aunt Alice Virginia. She will be missed dearly. Andie

Posted by Andrea Valentine - Hickory, NC - friend   July 29, 2020

Fred and Rhonda
Sorry to hear about the passing of your family member. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Debbie Sadler - VA - Coworker   July 11, 2019

Deanna so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this difficult time. My God give you strength and comfort.

Posted by Janet Thomas Pennington - Chilhowie, VA - Friend   July 09, 2019

Mary Ellen, you were always a dear and special cousin to me and a precious sister in the Lord. I will miss you so much. Rest in peace until that wonderful day when Jesus will call your sleeping dust to meet Him in the midway air and will be with Him forever. Much love to your precious family.agtz4

Posted by Wanda Powers - Marion, VA - Family   July 09, 2019

Mary Ellen Cress Ward----A cousin, and a friend, but more important a member of our church body and most important a sister In "CHRIST" our "LORD"!! Mary Ellen was a kind and loving person who adored her family beyond earthly measure. Her hard work and dedication to family, friends and to her church was an exemplary example to us all. Of a surety Sister Mary Ellen will be missed by all who were blessed to know her. May "THE LORD" continue to bless her family and friends! Kenneth & Joann Presnell

Posted by Kenneth Presnell - Saltville, VA - Family Friend   July 08, 2019

Free and Rhonda,

So sorry to hear of the passing of your sister. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are here if you need us.

Sandy and Mastin

Posted by Sandy Mathena - Marion, VA - Coworker   July 08, 2019