Marie (Eastman) Ward

Fairlee, Vt. — Marie (Eastman) Ward, 85, died on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at her home with family members by her side after a long illness. She was born in Vershire, Vt. on Jan. 28, 1928, daughter of Leon and Maude Eastman. She attended the South Vershire Elementary School and lived all her married life in Vershire. She married Roger S. Ward on Dec. 1, 1946.

After her husband predeceased her in 1969, Marie and her two youngest sons moved to Fairlee, where she lived and worked for over 30 years. In Vershire, Marie was a devoted mother and community member and was known for her wonderful cooking and baking abilities. In Fairlee, she worked as a cook for Aloha Camps and Silver Maple Lodge and as a cook and baker for Roberts’ Country Cooking, in Bradford and Thetford and at the Fairlee Diner.

Marie was also predeceased by a son, Joey L Ward, two daughters Penny and Sherry Ward, a grandson, Robert Ward, and two brothers, Ervin and Roland Eastman.

She is survived by a son, Larry W. Ward and his son, Dakota Menard of Fairlee; a son, Stephen R. Ward and his wife, Diane; a grandson, Timothy and his wife, Kelly and their two daughters, Erica and Jessica Ward; and a son, Harold E. Ward and his wife, Wynona, all of Vershire.

Marie is also survived by two sisters, Marjorie Johnson of Lebanon and Verna Ervin of Vershire; and various nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the Vershire Town Center in Vershire, Vt. Hale Funeral Home of Bradford, Vt. is handling the arrangements. To view an on-line Guestbook go to

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be sent to the NH/VT VNA Hospice Program or to Have Justice—Will Travel, Inc. 9580 VT Rte 113, Vershire, VT 05079.