Elisabeth “Betty” H. Ward went to be with her creator and her recently deceased husband, Charles L. Ward, on May 19, 2014.
Born on July 29th, 1925, in Wurzbach, Germany, she was the daughter of Franz and Leucia Muller.
Mrs. Ward is survived by her son, Charley, and his wife, Karen; grandchildren, Roger, Joshua and Jacob; and step grandchildren, Meg and Mac McKinnon. Her sister, Ilse, resides in Ware, Mass., Sisters, Thea, Senta, and her brother, Franz, still reside in Germany.
Betty was a strong, determined, survivor of the Great Depression. As a teenager, sometimes having to glean the neighbor’s fields to cook porridge or fry potato peels for a meal, she endured the deprivation and hardship of war-torn Germany. As the Russians began to take over what would come to be known as East Germany, she and her sisters fled their home and their parents for the West.
Betty made her way by joining a small Vaudeville-like entertainment group and by fashion modeling. Her budding career was cut short when she fell in love with a handsome, decorated war hero. Four years later, with a career military husband and very young son, she moved to the United States.
Having to readily adapt to a new country and culture, Mom taught herself English and how to drive a car. She attracted friends like bees to honey and kept in communication with many for decades. She studied her new country’s language, history and civics to be able to take the test for her U.S. citizenship. One of the proudest days of her life was when she was sworn in as a citizen of the United States of America.
Mom was hard working and could stretch a dollar until you could see through it. She managed to take hard won earnings and form a comfortable home for her small family. She could be blunt when needed but inwardly having a soft heart. She quietly shared her baked goods and crafts. She would eagerly encourage sincere interests shown by me or her grandchildren. She would say, with her German accent, “If you practice and get good at that, it could be your job.”
Mom is sorely missed but Mom and Dad together again makes it all good. Her memory will be honored at a gathering of family and friends at the home of Charley and Karen Ward on Saturday, June 7th, at 2:00 PM. (4 Cox Farm Court, Johnson City)
Memories and condolences can be viewed and shared with the family at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.
Obituary courtesy of Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services, 3001 Peoples Street Johnson City, TN 37604 (423) 610-7171