Shirley M. Ward

December 15, 1930 - September 30, 2020

Shirley Ward, 89, a long time resident of Leavenworth, WA., passed away from a brief illness on September 30, in Seattle, WA.

Shirley was born to Fred and Hulda (Rush) Calhoun on December 15, 1930 in Wenatchee, WA. Shirley completed her entire education in Leavenworth and graduated in 1948 as a Grizzly from Leavenworth High School.

 In 1949 she married Elgin L. Kriewald and made their home at Lake Wenatchee where they were to raise three  boys, Gary (Katy), Leavenworth, Randy (Enid), Snohomish, Rick (Karen) of Arlington, WA. Shirley joined The Lake Wenatchee Grange in 1949 which started a long committed and dedicated service for the Grange and the Community. In 1972, Shirley married Lloyd W. Ward, of Leavenworth and her family grew in size with Lloyd's sons and daughters, Jim (Wilda), Leanna (Bruce), Richard (Sheila), Dennis (Kris), Loy (Steve), and Mike.

Shirley was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Lloyd Ward, step-son Jim Ward, infant twin brothers Lloyd and Floyd, brother Hoyt, brother Fred Calhoun, sister Winnie Cain and stepson, Mike. Shirley is survived by a brother, Marion (Joanne), and brother-in-law Wayne Cain. Three sons, Gary (Katy), Randy (Enid), Rick (Karen), step-children, Leanna (Bruce), Richard (Sheila), Dennis (Kris), Loy (Steve), and Jim's wife Wilda.

Early on The Lake Wenatchee Grange merged with The Chumstick Grange #819 and Shirley moved her commitment to support #819. Shirley was very active with not just her local Grange but in Chelan County Pamona Grange holding many positions in both for the rest of her life.

In 2019, Shirley was awarded the prestigious Washington State Grange Leadership Award for her 70 years of dedicated service to the Grange and Community. This year Shirley was a proud Grange member for 71 years. Shirley loved to stay connected to the local community through Leavenworth Volksport, The Community Cupboard, The Senior Center and last but not least, the Leavenworth Lions Club.

Shirley always loved to camp, she was an active member of The Roving Granger #6 for 40 years where she camped with her motorhome in dozens of parks with 100's of camper friends. While traveling and camping Shirley loved to camp with her many beloved Golden Retrievers. For the last 12 1/2 years of camping, Shirley traveled with her Brittany Spaniel (Britt) who always shared the passenger seat as Shirley's co-pilot and companion. Britt was Shirley's right hand and always at her side for whatever life presented. Shirley lost her Britt on August 10, 2020.

A Celebration of Life for Shirley will be scheduled in Spring of 2021.

Donations can be made to The Chumstick Grange #819, PO Box 23, Leavenworth, WA. 98826 or The Leavenworth Senior Center.


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