Meriden- Betty Ann Ward, 78, died peacfully, after a couragous battle with cancer, surrounded by family and friends on March 14, 2009. She was born in Portland, OR on May 30, 1930 to the late Leonard and Jessie Scott Ward. She grew up in Meriden and attended school in town before graduating from the University of Connecticut in 1953. Betty taught in Japan for the U.S. Army from 1956-59, and then elementary and middle school in Cheshire until retirement in 1990. She was an active member of the First Congragational Church of Meriden. Known as 'Miss Betty' to the children, she taught Sunday school for nearly fifty years, and worked tirelessly supporting the church's work without want of recognition. Her second and life-long occupation was to be a devoted caregiver to family members, friends, and anyone she found to be in need. Betty wanted to thank her family and friends for the love and support they gave her. She also wanted to recognize her pastor, Rev. Dr. John W. Clarke and her doctor, Rajani Nadkarni for the wonderful care and comfort she received from them. Besides her parents, Betty was predeceased by her twin brother Richard. She is survived by her younger brother, Arthur Ward and his wife Jackie of Meriden and their children, Scott Ward and his wife Holly of Wolcott, Kimberly Ward of Terryville, and Tara Ward of East Haven; her sister-in-law , Alice Ward of Berlin and her children, Richard Ward Jr. and his wife Jennifer of Rocky Hill, Steven Stratton of Mexico, Mark Stratton and his wife Nicole of Texas, Cindy Szymaszek and her husband David of Meriden, and David Stratton of Preston. Betty is also survived by her sister-in-law Dorothy Ward of Meriden, with whom she had lived for many years, and Dorothy's children, Stephen Ward, his wife Maria, Jeffrey Ward, his wife Deborah, and Allan Ward, his wife Donna all of Meriden; as well as many great nieces and great nephews. Funeral Service to be held on Wednesday, March 18th at the First Congregational Church, 62 Colony St., Meriden at 10:30 a.m. Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday morning, at the church, from 9:30 to 10:30. A reception will be held in Smith Hall at the Church immediately following. A private burial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Betty's name may be sent to the First Congregational Church, 62 Colony St., Meriden, CT 06451. Beecher & Bennett- Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden in charge of arrangments.

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