Ward, Hazel

Published: 
Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Hazel Ward, resident of Grandview Lodge, passed away comfortably Sept. 30th, 2011 with her loving girls Wilda, Ashley and Mandi by her side. She was born Hazel Winnifred Ross, Oct. 30th, 1920 in Brandon, MN. It was here she spent most of her childhood. In 1942 she married her first love Hugh Spencer, a fighter pilot who died in WWII. She then relocated to Thunder Bay where she married B. Lacharite and eventually John Malcom Ward with whom she spent over 40 years until his death in 1995. Hazel had a lovely voice and her dream was to become an opera singer, however her family and children became her priority and with them she shared her talent. Her love and caring nature lead her to graduate from the Registered Nursing College and during her working years she was employed at St. Joe's Hospital, the LPH and Arc Industries, until her retirement. During her retirement Hazel's joy came from spending time with her friends and family, especially her grandchildren. They enjoyed special trips together and camping over the summer holidays. At this time, she also became employed as a nanny for the Ambrose girls, Kristi and Becky, a job she thoroughly enjoyed. In her later years, she met her special friend Cecil Kelly, together they enjoyed traveling, gambling and spending time together, it was also at this time her great grandchildren were born and her love for children only grew. They were all very precious to her and she thoroughly enjoyed her time with them and looked forward to their visits. She is survived by her children Rick (Darlene) Lacharite, British Columbia, Joel (Lise) Ward, Alberta, and Bruce and Wilda Ward. Grandchildren Ashley, Andy, and Brian Maltese, Mandi Coppock and Ben Mercier, Jessie and Jason Lacharite, and Jonathon, Veronica and their mother Patrice Ward. Her 12 great grandchildren Kirk, James, Crosby and Claire Coppock, Nicholas Throm, Sophia, Isabella, Julia and Matthew Maltese and the Lacharite children. Hazel is predeceased by husbands Hugh Spencer and John Ward, daughter Lee Spencer, grandson Scotty Ward and her special friend Cecil Kelly. Hazel will always be remembered for her humour, quick wit and saying it like it was. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother , G.G. and friend. She will be greatly missed. As per Hazel's wishes, no funeral services will be held. Donations to a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated. At this time, we would like to thank all the family and friends who visited Hazel during her years at Grandview, it meant so very much to her. To Jim Whincup and Nicholas Throm we extend our heartfelt appreciation for the time spent with Hazel in her time of need. We are forever grateful to the staff at Grandview Lodge for the love and care given to Hazel for the last six years. She was treated with dignity and respect until the very end. We are especially thankful for the care and compassion they showed us during her last days.

~Wilda, Ashley and Mandi

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