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Glenna Marie Ward

Glenna Marie Ward, age 81 passed away on August 3 at her home. Glenna was born on November 18, 1939, the daughter of the late James and America (Dezarn) Grills in Batesville. She grew up in the Benham community along with her brothers and sister.


Upon completion of school Glenna met Bernie Ward of Osgood, and they were united in marriage on April 22, 1961. They were blessed with son Randy. Glenna was clear to state Randy was the sunshine of her life. However, tragedy struck on June 6, 1980, as Randy was taken from this world. It would leave a void in her heart for the remainder of her life.


Glenna worked for several years in the Jac-Cen-Del School cafeteria. She enjoyed her hometown and was a member of the Osgood Beautification Committee. She had been an active member of St John Catholic Church and a member of the Osgood Ladies Auxiliary of the Osgood Fire Department. She enjoyed playing cards, fresh flowers, and watching various cooking shows.


Glenna is survived by sister Shirley Culp, brother in-laws Donnie (Veronica) Ward and John Ward, sister in-laws Jean Grills and Kate Werner, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by husband Bernie, son Randy, brothers James, Glenn, and Walter, brother in-law Dennis Culp, and sister in-laws, Charlene Ward, Janet Ward and Elizabeth Block.


Glenna was laid to rest along side Bernie and Randy at St John Catholic Cemetery. Visitation was held on Friday August 6, 2021, from 4-7 pm. at Neal’s Funeral Home. Rosary services were held on Friday at 3:30 pm. Funeral Mass was held on Saturday August 7 at 10 am. at St John’s Catholic Church. Memorials can be given to St Jude or the Shriner Children’s Hospitals in care of the funeral home. Online condolences can be placed at Nealsfuneralhome.net.