August 31, 1942 - October 24, 2019
Ola Jean "Jeannie" Howe Ward, 77, of Bryan, Texas, passed away Thursday, October 24, 2019, surrounded by her family. A graveside service for family will be held in College Station, Texas, with arrangements made by Callaway-Jones Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice Brazos Valley to express gratitude for the care and comfort they provided in her final days.
Jeannie was born on August 31, 1942, in Nixon, Texas. She married the love of her life, Richard "Dick" Ward, in Austin, Texas, in 1970. Together they raised three children, Bryan, Mark, and VeLisa, and traveled the country, living in Colorado, Florida, New York, and Virginia before returning to their home state of Texas.
Forever the inquisitive mind, Jeannie was a genealogist long before the internet was an option, traveling the country researching the people and places that formed her family's roots. She was a published poet, receiving national recognition from the National Library of Poetry in 1997 for the poem "The Fields of Home" that she wrote in honor of her husband. She remained an avid reader, researcher, and seeker of knowledge until her final days and leaves behind a legacy that will live on for many generations to come.
After attending business school in San Antonio, Jeannie enjoyed a long professional career. She served as the personal secretary for Mayor McAllister of San Antonio in the late 1960's when the city hosted the 1968 World's Fair and during the building of Hemisfair Park. She later worked for renowned South Texas businessman, Fausto Yturria, in Brownsville, and in the admissions office Texas Lutheran College in Seguin, Texas. After retiring, she continued to contribute her time and share her wisdom as a volunteer at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University.
Always the caring mother and grandmother, she is survived by daughter, VeLisa Ward Bayer, and her husband, Jason, of Bryan, Texas; son, Mark Ward, and his wife, Michele, of College Station, Texas; son, Bryan Ward, and his wife, Tammy of Linton, Indiana; grandchildren Haden Bayer, Avery Bayer, Jacob Ward, Ryan Ward, Jacqi Sutherd, and Brianna Chavis; and four great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents William and Velta Howe; her older brother, Bill Howe; her beloved cat, Maggie; and husband, Dick Ward, with whom she is now reunited as they celebrate their 50th anniversary — together again, listening to the classic country music they both loved.
"For Jean, Jean, roses are red. And all of the leaves have gone green. While the hills are ablaze with the moon's yellow haze. Come into my arms, bonnie Jean."
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