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WARD, Lela A. (Worley)

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Mrs. Lela Ann Worley Ward, 81, of Clovis, N.M., died Sunday, March 13, 2005, at her home. Services are scheduled at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 16, at Central Baptist Church in Clovis.

She was born on March 15, 1923, in Wauhillau, Adair County, Okla., to Arthur and Maud Sellers Worley. She moved with her family to Stillwell, Okla. in 1924. They moved to Portales in 1935.

She graduated from high school in 1940. She attended college at the Oklahoma College for Women and Eastern New Mexico University. She married Jay A. Ward on April 15, 1943, in Portales. They moved to Clovis in 1961.

She was a bookkeeper in cotton gins she co-owned with her husband in Texas and New Mexico. She was a member of Central Baptist Church in Clovis, the Encanto Garden Club, Pleasant Hill Womens Club, Ranchvale Extension Club, United Daughters of the Confederacy and Daughters of the American Revolution. Family members said her hobbies were genealogy and gardening.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Jan Lee; and two brothers, Clarence and Olan Worley. Survivors include two sons, Jack Ward (and wife, Lydia) of Las Cruces, and Jody Ward (Karen) of Clovis; a daughter, Janette Pierce (Ben) of Wolfforth, Texas; a sister, Ruby Montgomery of Albuquerque; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Burial will be at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens in Clovis.

The Rev. Mike Eberhardt and Joseph Vets will officiate services. Pallbearers are Mike, Lyndon, Gayland and Gerald Ward, Carl Hahn and Victor Worley. Arrangements are by Steed-Todd Funeral Home of Clovis.