from The Worcester Evening Post, 25 Sep 1917(Volume XXXV # 149),
| Worcester Lady, An Old Resident
Mrs. Emily Ward Passes away at Son’s home
Mrs. Emily E. ( Mayo ). aged 86 years and 11 months, widow of Gen. George H. Ward, who was killed in the battle of Gettysburg, July 2, 1863, died suddenly yesterday afternoon in the home of her son, George W. Ward, 688 Pleasant street. Mrs. ward was one of the oldest residents of the city, having lived here for 74 years. She was born in the northern part of Dudley, daughter of William and Sarah ( Dennis ) Mayo. The family moved to this city when she was about 12 years old, where she attended the public schools, graduating from the Worcester High School and was one of three living people in the city who attended the high school during her time.
She was a teacher in the Sunday school of the First Universalist Church for more than 36 years and was one of the church's oldest members. She was one of the few people in the city who kept a complete record of the church since she first entered in 1843 and which has often been borrowed by the ministers for reference. She has been an active worker in the George H. Ward Relief Corps, which post and the corps were named in honor of her husband.
Mrs. Ward had been living at 59 Fruit street and was paying her son a visit for a few days when taken ill. Her son called Dr. Amanda C. Bray, who prescribed for her. She died a few hours later.
Besides her son, at whose home she died, she leaves another son, Robert L. Ward, of Providence. The funeral will be held from the home of her son, 688 Pleasant street at 2:30 o’clock tomorrow afternoon. The Rev. Vincent E. Tomlinson, pastor of the First Universalist church will officiate.
from The Worcester Daily Telegram , 25 Sep 1917(Volume XXXII # 111),MRS. EMILY E. WARD DIES SUDDENLY AT HOME OF HER SON WHILE ASLEEP. AGED 86
Mrs. Emily E. Ward, widow of Gen. George H. Ward, who was killed in the battle of Gettysburg, July 2, 1863, and in honor of whom George H. Ward post, G. A. R., and George H. Ward relief corps are named, died suddenly while asleep at the home of her son, George W. Ward, 688 Pleasant Street, at 1.30 o’clock yesterday afternoon. She was 86 years and 11 months old, and had been a resident of Worcester 74 years.
The cause of death as attributed by Dr. Amanda C. Bray, who was called in to see Mrs. Ward during the forenoon, was acute bronchitis. when Mr. Ward left his home to go to his office, yesterday morning, his mother was enjoying her usual good health and they chatted pleasantly for some little time previous to his departure. While she had been troubled more or less for years with bronchial affection and asthma, it was not serious enough to confine her to the house and she was up and around but a short time before her death.
She attended the first Universalist church, as had been her custom many years Sept 16 but did not feel equal to the task Sunday. No Worcester woman of the days of the civil war was better known and respected than Mrs. Ward, especially among members of Post 10, relief corps and first Universalist church, in which she took a deep personal interest. She had been a member of the relief corps since it was organized, May 4, 1883, and was among its first presidents. she had been a member of first Universalist Church since 1843 when she came to Worcester. She was a teacher in the primary department of the Sunday school 36 years, a member of the mission circle and other organizations in the church.
Mrs. Ward had lived alone or with her sister in Worcester for more than half a century until recently, when she went to board at 59 Fruit street. Previously to that time she lived at 28 Lancaster street. She had been visiting her son a few days when she was taken sick, and Dr. Bray was called by Mrs. George W. Ward, who gave her some medicine and she fell asleep and did not awake.
Mrs. Ward was born in what was known as Tufts village in the northern part of Dudley, a daughter of William and Sarah Dennis Mayo. The family removed to Worcester when she was 12 years old, and she attended the public schools, graduating from Worcester high school. Hon. Stephen Salisbury was a classmate. There are one or two persons now living in Worcester with whom she went to the old high school.
As a schoolgirl, a wife and a widow for 54 years, Mrs. Ward kept a diary of every important happening in Worcester, and has many large scrapbooks filled with valuable information. dating back nearly 75 years. she had a complete history of the First Universalist church since 1843? which has been referred to frequently by officials of the church whenever they wanted to know anything of former days.
Mrs. Ward had written and delivered numbers of historical addresses before the post and relief corps in earlier days. She was a living memorial to her gallant husband, her devotion to his memory being impressive among a large circle of acquaintances. Her cheery disposition was a source of comfort to all. Mrs. Ward leaves two sons, George W. Ward, in the real estate business and prominent in the First Universalist church, and Robert L. Ward, Providence.
The funeral will be from the home of her son, 688 Pleasant Street, at 2:30 o’clock tomorrow afternoon. Rev. Dr. Vincent E. Tomlinson, pastor of the First Universalist church, will officiate. Burial will be beside her husband in Rural cemetery, where the Ward monument erected by Post 10, its associates and friends, stands out prominently.
**********************from The Worcester Evening Post, 26 Sep 1917(Volume XXXV # 150),
SIMPLE SERVICES FOR MRS. E. E. WARD
Extreme simplicity marked the last service which were conducted for Emily E. ward, widow of the late Gen. George H. Ward in honor of whom George H. Ward Post 10 G. A. R. was named, which were held in the home of her son George H.(W.) Ward, 688 Pleasant street, at 2;30 o’clock this afternoon. the Rev. Vincent E. Tomlinson, pastor of the First Universalist church of which Mrs. Ward was a life member, officiated. Burial took place in Rural cemetery beside the grave of her husband in the shadow of the monument erected in the memory of the departed veterans of the Civil War.