Vivian L. Jones Ward

Mar. 12, 2013 @ 11:33 PM

Vivian L. Jones Ward, 94, of Athens, died Tuesday morning, March 12, 2013, at Athens Regional Medical Center.

Vivian was born September 26, 1918, in Manley’s Chapel, TN, to the late James Laster and Lela Mae Odle Jones and was also preceded in death by her husband, Willard; her sisters, Edna Farnsworth and Thelma McLin; her brothers, Grady Jones, John Paul Jones and Troy Jones.

She spent her childhood years in the Sugar Tree, TN, area and graduated from Halladay High School where she was Valedictorian. She attended Union University in Jackson, TN, but left to marry Willard Lea Ward in 1937. They were married for 54 years. After residing in Southern California where Willard was stationed while in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, they settled in Sevierville, TN, where their daughter, Kathy, was born in 1946 and son, Steve in 1951. They resided in Sevierville for 25 years, active in the community and members of First Presbyterian Church. In 1971, Vivian and Willard moved to Athens, TN where they lived their remaining years.

Vivian held many jobs during her life. She enjoyed people and excelled in her positions including Advertising Manager for the Sevier County News-Record, Librarian of the Sevierville Public Library, Chamber of Commerce of Sevierville, and Welcome Wagon of Athens. She held positions in many organizations during her life including Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star, Auxiliary President of American Legion Post 104, and many church and community activities. She enjoyed reading, bridge and golf. She and Willard travelled extensively after his retirement and they especially enjoyed couples golf at Springbrook Country Club. They were members of Mars Hill Presbyterian Church and later Keith Memorial United Methodist Church in Athens.

As a lifelong learner, Vivian kept pace with the world and embraced new ideas. Beginning in her later 80’s, she learned computer skills to keep up with family and friends via email and Facebook. Her incredibly sharp mind kept her interested in the latest developments in world events and golf.

Vivian is survived by her children, Kathy Wade and her husband, Bill of Austin, TX, Steve Ward and wife Deborah of Sevierville, TN; her grandchildren, Billy and Jennifer Wade and Matt and Julie Ward; and many nieces and nephews.

Vivian was a loving mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend and will be greatly missed.

The family wishes to give a special thanks to the staff at Morning Pointe Assisted Living of Athens for their loving care.

The family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m., Friday, March 15, 2013, at Smith Funeral Home with a service to follow at 6 p.m. in the chapel with Rev. Will Shelton officiating. A brief graveside service will be conducted 4 p.m., Saturday at Camden Cemetery in Camden, TN.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to Keith Memorial United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1, Athens, TN 37371-0001 or McMinn County Senior Citizen, 205 McMinn Avenue, Athens, TN 37303.

If you are unable to attend this service or visitation you may sign the guest register at www.smithfuneral&cremationservicesofathens.com.

Smith Funeral & Cremation Services of Athens is serving the family of Vivian L. Jones Ward.