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Joyce Eileen Ward

April 24, 1930 November 6, 2019
Joyce Eileen Ward
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Obituary for Joyce Eileen Ward

Joyce Eileen Ward of Birmingham died peacefully November 6, 2019. She was 89 years old. Joyce was born April 24, 1930, in Detroit, Michigan to parents Mr. and Mrs. Harold McElroy.

A native Detroiter, Joyce attended St. Mary’s of Redford High School, class of 1948, and went on to attend Marygrove College. She worked as an Executive Secretary for Ford Motor Corporation before marrying her husband, John “Jack” L. Ward, in 1955. In 1956, Jack and Joyce moved to Birmingham where they raised six children. Joyce was a loving mother and a proud grandmother to her seven beautiful grandchildren, Markus, Donovan, Fulton, Eleanor, Cecily, Connor and Michele.

Joyce worked as a realtor for 34 years at Weir Manuel Realtors and loved every minute. She dabbled in tennis, but wasn’t athletic enough, so she watched from the sidelines and enjoyed that perspective. She was also runner-up for Mrs. America in 1965 while juggling six children.

Joyce was a masterful seamstress, quilter, knitter and needle-pointer, a craft that brought her much joy. She made all of her children’s dress clothes by hand and knit countless Irish fisherman sweaters because the children grew so fast.

Joyce was a pillar in her community and at her church, Holy Name of Birmingham. She was a member and past president of Christ Child Society, Minister of the Eucharist with her husband, a member of the Holy Name Altar Society and the head seamstress for the altar boy’s vestments and altar runners. Joyce and her husband participated in Meals on Wheels, delivering dinners during their retirement years. They cherished praying with patients at Beaumont Hospital for many years. She was loved by many and will be missed by all.

Joyce is survived by her beloved husband, John “Jack” Ward and children, Mark (Robin) Ward, Patty (Bruce) Becker, and David Ward. She is also survived by her loving grandchildren, Markus, Donovan, Fulton, Eleanor, Cecily, Connor and Michele. Joyce is preceded in death by her children, Michele Ward, John “Jackie” Ward III and Matthew Ward and siblings, Bud, Jack, Joanne, Bubbles and Pat.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Name Catholic Church, 630 Harmon Street, Birmingham, Saturday, November 9th, 10am. Friends may visit at church beginning at 9am.


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