Our beloved wife and mother, Joan, peacefully left our world on Thursday April 4, 2019. She will be happily remembered and dearly be missed by all who were graced by her acquaintance. Joan, who was affectionately known as “Little Cruiser,” was a wonderful mother and homemaker; she earned her nickname as she cruised around the house caring for her seven children.
Joan graduated in 1945 from St. Theodore Grade School in Chicago, in 1949 from Loretto High School in Chicago, and in 1951 from McCormick School of Business in Chicago IL.
In her spare time, Joan volunteered at the Emmanuel Dining Center, helping to feed and care for the hungry of Delaware. She also volunteered at the Mary Campbell Center, and transported residents of the center to attend mass at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church.
What Joan adored most was spending time with family, sharing jokes and stories, having cookouts and celebrations of any occasion. We will all miss her more than words can convey, but we find peace knowing that Heaven shines a little brighter with her presence.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years, James F. Ward of Wilmington DE; her children James M. of Wilmington; Terry M. of Wilmington; Kevin V (Karen) of Germantown MD; David F. of Wilmington; Carol Ann of Chadds Ford PA; K. Lynn Robinson (Wayne) of Hockessin; and Patrick J. (Loretta) of Wilmington; her grandchildren Cody W. and Owen W. of Hockessin: Rachel E., Kelly A. and Charlotte M. of Wilmington; Amanda C. and Samantha A. of Germantown MD; and Julieta Kang of Crofton MD.