Dora Mae Ward

08/02/1929 - 03/20/2024


Obituary For Dora Mae Ward

Lima, Ohio

Dora Mae Ward, affectionately known as Madea, passed away at 2:38 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, at the age of 94, at Mercy Health - St. Rita's Medical Center with the love of her family by her side.

Madea was born August 2, 1929, in Yazoo City, MS, to the late Albert and Carina (Miller) Clayborn. On November 12, 1947, she married Andrew Moore Ward Sr., who preceded her in death on October 20, 1994.

She had previously worked at Lima Convalescent Home. Madea adored her family and absolutely loved family gatherings and cooking for her family friends. She was well known for her delicious treats (apple turnovers, pineapple cake and sweet potato pie were among her family's favorites.)

Madea leaves behind to cherish her memory eight children, Barbara Hobbs, Patricia Ann Ward, Linda, Carolyn Ward, Barry Moore, Kenny (Sissy) Ward, Vickie Callahan, and Janice (Brit) Shaw; special granddaughters, Angela (Demetrius) Sims, LaShonda (Brandon) Toliver, Lakesha Vallejo, Chandra Ward, and Sharon Johnson; special grandsons, Barry Moore Ward, Jr., Marvin Ward; and a host of other grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by a daughter, Dorothy Johnson; son, Andrew "Andy" Moore Ward Jr., daughter-in-law, Vicki Ward; grandson, Nigel Ward; granddaughters, Jaron Ward, and Nakia Ward; great-grandchildren, Xavion Ward, Khloe Emery Martin, and Isaiah Maurice Ward; great-great granddaughter, Ka Myah Washington; sister, Anna Lamb; and brothers, Allen Perry, and Wallace Perry.

Funeral services will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 28, 2024, at CHILES - LAMAN FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, SHAWNEE CHAPEL. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

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  • 03/28/2024

    You will forever live in my heart 💯🖤...

  • 03/28/2024

    We love you Grandma,we remember you taking care of us as little kids,,we will always love you,, until we meet Kenney and Malcolm..

  • 03/28/2024

    I remember my mother in law for her kind heart and loving soul,I love her and will miss her,she was my mother and I will always appreciate her,,may she always rest in peace until we meet again,,love you mom, love Rev.Denise Renee Ward always and forever,,❤️❤️

  • 03/25/2024

    To the Family of Mrs Dora Ward You have my deepest sympathy Cassandra Turner

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