Wanda Bowers Ward passed away quietly at peace and comfortable with her family by her side on December 6, 2016, at the age of 94.
Wanda Bowers Ward passed away quietly at peace and comfortable with her family by her side on December 6, 2016, at the age of 94. She was born in 1922 in New England, North Dakota to Harold and Claribel Bowers.
The family moved to Reagent, North Dakota in 1929. Wanda graduated from the University of Colorado and worked for IBM in Minneapolis. She met and married Joe Ward, a ski Instructor in Sun Valley, Idaho, They had two sets of twins and moved the family to Bend from Sun Valley in 1957.
When Mt. Bachelor opened, she helped Joe run the first ski school, bundling all four children with their ski gear into the family car and heading to the mountain. Wanda enjoyed golf, traveling the world and enjoyed her many bridge groups. She was still an avid bridge player at the age of 92 and caring for her own home. Earlier, she worked at Central Oregon community College as a secretary for a few years.
Her four children and their spouses remain: Renie Ehlers (Chuck), Jackie Nyberg (Chris), Annie Ward (Mike Bourton), and Hari Khalsa. Her five grandchildren: Collier Ehlers, Tori Gruenewald, Amy Walker, Abbi Sarthou, and Hari Datti Khalsa considered her a great friend and a consistent rock in their lives.
She was so lucky to have met all of her five great grandchildren: Kale, Henry, Nolan and twin girls, Claire and Libby. At her request, there will be no funeral service. She was preceded in death by her husband: Joe Ward, her parents and one sister, Mildred. The family would like to thank her many doctors, the caregivers, and nurses for her care in the last few months. Donations may be made to: Partners in Care, 2075 NE Wyatt Ct., Bend, Or. Thank you Mother- we will always miss you!
“ May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face, the rain fall soft upon your fields, And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of his hand.”