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“Fred and RhondaSorry to hear about the passing of your family member. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
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“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...Read More »
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“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...Read More »
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“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"!!...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Kenneth Presnell - Saltville, VA

“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 ”
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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 www.williamsfuneralhomeofchilhowie.com. Williams Funeral Home of Chilhowie is serving the Ward Family.