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Elizabeth Matilda (Stringer) Ward

March 27, 1920 ~ June 12, 2019 (age 99)
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In Loving Memory of

Elizabeth M. Ward

Elizabeth Matilda Ward, known to her many friends, as “Lizzie” was the sixth child born to Effie Lee and Monroe Thomas Stringer on March 27, 1920 in Shreveport, Louisiana.

After graduating high school at Central Colored High School in Shreveport, she moved to Kansas City, Kansas to be with her older sister, Gladys, where she met, fell in love and married Melbourne Lewis.  A love story that lasted 48 years until his death in 1985.  To this union one child was born, Mel.

After Melbourne’s passing, she later moved to Seattle, Washington and married Ulysses “Jabo” Ward, a renowned musician.  They enjoyed travelling, to his gigs, and golf tournaments together.

Elizabeth received Christ at an early age at the Fairfield Methodist Church in Shreveport, continued her salvation at First A.M.E. of Kansas City, Kanas, First A.M.E. OF Seattle, Washington, later at First Community Church of Sacramento and finally at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Sacramento.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her loving daughter, Mel A. Clary; devoted son-in-law, Albert E. Clary of the home; two beloved granddaughters, Michele J. Lewis and children of Fairfield, Georgia; and Angela Y. Jones and children of Dallas, Georgia; dedicated goddaughter, Veda E. Sherman of Detroit, Michigan; a host of relatives and friends.


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