Ward, S. Kay
On July 22, 2020 Kay Sothoron Ward passed away at the age of 86. Kay was born on January 3rd 1934 in the house that would later become the 4100 Club. The only child of the late James & Katherine Knott. She attended St. Rose of Lima and Glen Burnie High School.
Kay first saw Dick Ward in his uniform and singing at a C.Y.O function. She and her friends thought he was good looking but conceited. Later at the local soda pop shop Dick’s pickup line was “can I borrow a dime” to get her attention, which she replied if I give you the dime will you go away and leave me alone. The ever persistent Dick Ward did not give up and prevailed and became the love of her life.
In 1949 the two became husband and wife and being the good Catholic’s that they were started their very large family, which consist of Michael Ward and his wife Jennifer, Christine Ward, Karen and her husband Tim Marshall, Charles Ward Jr and his wife Theresa, Nancy Ward, Joan and her husband Lee Curtis.
Grandchildren consist of Shane and Wendy Principio, Rebecca Ward, Jacquelyn Ward, and Cen Peng.
She was preceded in death by her husband Dick Ward, her sons James Ward and Thomas Ward, and grandson Eric Ward.
In 1953 they bought their first home and resided on Doris Ave for the next 58 years. They then moved to Linthicum for the remainder of their lives.
Our mother Kay (aka) Mom Ward was known to more people as MOM then just her children. She was loved by everyone who met her. Her beautiful smile would light up any room she entered and would brighten anyone’s day. Her arms were always open if you needed a hug. And she was always there with kind words and encouragement. She touched so many lives with her love, compassion and kindness.
Kay was an award winning painter, catechism teacher, church volunteer, and a member of the choir. She loved gardening, traveling, flower designing, cooking, needlepointing, dining out, dancing and her menagerie of pets over the years, she loved her fireplace and some might say she was a pyromaniac because it was lit most of the time, and she loved her port wine which brought back memories of when she was a young girl and helped her beloved Grandpop Schmitz make his wine.
Kay was very fun to be with and sometimes she could be a clown, always trying to make people laugh. If you asked her how she was doing she would always say “I’m Fine” even to her dying day. If you ever talked about something she didn’t want to hear or discuss she always used one of the following to divert the conversation “You think it going to rain”, “It’s really hot out today’, That plant needs to be watered” etc.
We know that she is in Heaven now with GOD and at peace with our father and all who have went before us.
A memorial Mass will be held on July 31st at St. Athanasius Catholic Church 4708 Prudence St Baltimore, MD 21226 and 10:00am (MASK’S ARE REQUIRED TO BE WORN IN CHURCH)
A Celebration of life will follow at Nancy Ward’s home 5308 Ballman Ave Baltimore MD 21225. The celebration will be held in the back yard so we can social distance. (MASK’S ARE REQUIRED TO BE WORN EXCEPT FOR WHEN YOU ARE EATING) Food will be served. Anyone who wishes to tell a story or share a memory will have the opportunity.
IF YOU ARE NOT COMFORTABLE IN ATTENDING WE TOTALLY UNDERSTAND.
In lieu of flowers please send a Mass card. Feel free to express your condolences on her tribute wall
"Your gentle face and patient smile
with sadness we recall,
You had a kindly word for each
and died beloved by all.
The voice is mute and stilled the
heart that loved us well and true,
Ah, bitter was the trial to part
from one as good as you.
You are not forgotten loved one
nor will you ever be.
As long as life and memory last
we will remember thee.
We miss you now, our hearts are sore,
as time goes by we miss you more.
Your loving smile, your gentle face,
no one can take your vacant place."
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