Eloise T. Ward

Published 12:00 pm Wednesday, December 27, 2017

May 19, 1928 – Dec. 22, 2017

CONWAY, NC – Eloise Taylor Ward joined her beloved husband, Linwood, in heaven on December 22, 2017.
Eloise was born on May 19, 1928 and was preceded in death by her parents, Annie Garris Taylor and John Eldridge Taylor, and her husband of 59 years, Linwood Ezelle Ward.
She is survived by her daughter, Roseanne Ashby of Winston Salem (husband Bobby); son, Taylor Ward of Conway (wife Gayle); daughter, Robin Hilliard of Raleigh (husband Conley); grandchildren, Candace Bowman, Ginger Berrier (husband Todd), Kadi Phillips (husband Ian), Wagner Grubb (husband Chris), Kristin Warren (husband Chip), Lindsey Seynhaeve (husband Guillaume), Wes Ward (wife Blair), Carson Hilliard, and Madison Hilliard (fiancé Tyler); and great grandchildren, Chase Bowman, Cooper and Spencer Berrier, Tessa and Cameron Phillips, Tanner and Drew Fields, AK and Thomas Grubb, Winston and Eloise Warren, and Max and Gus Seynhaeve.
Eloise was a proud graduate of the music department at Greensboro College in 1948. Always good at sports, she played softball in college. She loved her family, her church, her community and music. At Conway United Methodist Church she was the director of the chancel choir, junior choir, adult and youth handbell choirs, served on the Administrative Council and a member of the United Methodist Women. She served as the church pianist when needed and led music at many summers of Vacation Bible School, her favorite topic being the journeys and teachings of the apostle Paul.
She promoted music in the community as she taught classes at Conway Elementary School. Many in Conway will remember learning to identify the instruments of the orchestra under her guidance and weaving the ribbons of the Maypole dances she led in front of the school on the first of May.
She served as President and leading light of the Kirby Music and Literary Club for many years. She was also active in the Home Demonstration Department of Northampton County, teaching craft classes such as basket weaving. She gave so much of herself, sharing her many talents in so many ways, copper tooling, making teddy bears, stained glass and outdoor flags, and was a gracious hostess, coordinating countless special occasions. She loved sharing her friendship bread.
Eloise had a passion for travel, planning many trips for her family. She also was proud to have earned her private pilot’s license flying alongside Linwood. We know she is happy to be with Linwood now. Their love for each other was very strong.
The family will be receiving friends at the family home in Conway on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 26. There will be a gathering at Bridgers Funeral Home in Conway on Dec. 26 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
A Service of Remembrance will be held on Wednesday, December 27 at 11:00 a.m. at Conway United Methodist Church.
The family has requested that anyone wishing to share a gift in memory of Mrs. Ward, please do so to Conway United Methodist Church.
Bridgers Funeral Home, Inc. in Conway is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be shared with the family at www.bridgersfuneralhome.com.