Betty L. Ward

Jan 07, 2019
Betty Ward

Warren — Betty L. Ward, 86, died peacefully, surrounded by her large and loving family, Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, at Sussman Hospice House in Rockport.

Born in Rockland May 12, 1932, she was the daughter of Lester and Rosan Martin Staples. Growing up on Swans Island, she attended school there, and later went to work as a young woman as a housekeeper in several local inns.

Moving to South Carolina, she lived there for many years before moving to East Union and then settling in Warren.

She was a talented artist, painting in oils, and often enjoyed painting rocks. She kept beautiful gardens, enjoyed crocheting and made beautiful afghans. Her family remembers her as a wonderful cook, especially her southern dishes, fried chicken, cinnamon rolls and gravy with eggs.

She had a great sense of humor, and loved a good joke, and sometimes even a "not so good" one. She loved listening to country music, especially Daniel O’Donnell.

Betty’s number-one priority in life was her family. Spending time with her children and grandchildren was her favorite pastime. She will be sadly missed by all who loved her.

Predeceased by a sister, Eva Wheaton, Betty is survived by her children, David Byrd and his wife, Cheryl, of Union, Jerry Byrd and his wife, Vera, of Bangor, Betty Walsh and her husband, Arthur, of Lewiston, Robert Byrd and his wife, Kathi, of Jefferson, Rosanne Grierson and her husband, Richard, of Union, Susanne Curtis and husband Terry of Clark Island, Spruce Head, Annette Merrifield and her husband, Brian, of Warren, William Ward and his wife, Linda, of Warren; a sister, Janet Gilley, and her husband, Edward, of Southwest Harbor; 15 grandchildren, including one special granddaughter who was one of her caregivers, Lisa Hilt; 18 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held in May. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County, P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, ME 04841.

Arrangements are with Burpee, Carpenter and Hutchins Funeral Home, Rockland. To share a memory or condolence with the Ward family, visit their Book of Memories at

Comments (1)
Posted by: Patricia P Weaver | Jan 08, 2019 07:42

RIP my friend, you are at peace


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