Joan Marlene Ward

1935 - 2020

Joan Marlene Ward, 85 passed away September 29, 2020 at her residence at the Orchards in Arlington, OH. Joan was born on May 26, 1935 in Vanlue to the late Milford "Cotty" Crawford and Leona (Bayless) Crawford. She married Neil Ward on June 17, 1952 who preceded her in death on February 5, 2010. Joan is survived by her 2 sons: Larry (Donna) Ward, and Lane (Denise) Ward; 4 grandchildren: Adam (Christina) Ward, Sarah (Chris) Yeaglin, Naomi (Eric) Kell, Rachel (Cody) Mullahy; 8 great-grandchildren and a sister, Vivian (Marvin) Lee of Findlay. Joan attended Vanlue and Mt. Blanchard Schools and received her masters in speech pathology from Bowling Green State University, and went on to use her degree in the Hardin County and Blanchard Valley school systems. Joan loved working with young people and used her talents in volunteering with DAR, Child Evangelism Fellowship, and CCL. She loved reading, history, traveling. Joan (most recently) attended Community Bible Church. Visitation will be held from 1:00 - 3:00 pm on Sunday, October 4, 2020 with the funeral following at 3:00 pm Sunday, October 4, 2020 at CRATES FUNERAL HOME in Arlington with a committal service to follow at Riverview Cemetery. Pastor Gordon Dickson will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to Child Evangelism Fellowship of Greater Findlay, 4674 TR 117, McComb, OH 45858. Online condolences may be made at