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Mary L Ward, 88, of California, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at Moniteau Care Center California, Missouri. She was born on November 13, 1923, in Clarksburg, Missouri to J. Warren and Olive (Groom) Birdsong. For 25 years, Mary taught at Martin City School in the Grandview School District. She was an avid reader and enjoyed working in her yard with her flowers. Mary is survived by: one son, Donald Ward, with his wife Nita, of Ft. Madison, Iowa; two granddaughters: Mary Ward and Anna Ward; three brothers: Paul Birdsong, with his wife Jessie, of Clarksburg, Dean Birdsong, with his wife LaVern, of Clarksburg and Max Birdsong, with his wife Pat, of Excelsior Springs, Mo.; two sisters: Sarah Margaret Donley, with her husband James, of California, Mo. and Betty Mann, with her husband Bob, of Irvine, California. She was preceded in death by: her husband Albert L. Ward and one daughter Anita Ward. The family will receive friends at Windmill Ridge Funeral Chapel on Friday, March 16, 2012, from 4-7 p.m. Funeral services will be at Windmill Ridge Funeral Chapel on Saturday, March 17, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Greg Morrow officiating. Interment will be at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church c/o Windmill Ridge Funeral Service, P.O. Box 443, California, MO 65018. On-line condolences may be left at www.windmillridgefuneralservice.com
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