Linda Ward

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Linda Ann Ward, nee Rice, 70, of Belleville, IL, born September 20, 1948, in Toledo, OH, died Sunday, September 15, 2019, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, O’Fallon, IL.

Linda was a loving wife, mother, grandmother “Nana”, and great-grandmother “Nana”. She was the ninth of nine children.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert R., Sr. and Druscilla Marguarite, nee Beauregard, Rice; two brothers, Robert S. Rice and Walter K. Rice; and two sisters, Dorothy M. Groves and Mary L. Hille.

Surviving are her husband, Sam O. Ward, whom she married on October 18, 1968;
a son, Douglas T. (Julia) Ward of Valrico, FL;
a daughter, Rachelle L. (John) Bowker of Loveland, CO;
four grandchildren, Lindsey M. (Tyler) Patton of Omaha NE,
Ethan J. Bowker of Broomfield, CO,
Justina A.L. Ward of Valrico, FL,
and Alexandra A.A. Ward of Valrico, FL;
two great-grandchildren, Avah Patton and Logan Sam Patton;
four brothers, Ernest L. Rice of Toledo, OH,
Herbert R., Jr. (Bertha) Rice of Clearwater, FL,
Roger G. (Nancy) Rice of Toledo, OH,
and Timothy (Johanna) Rice of Sterling Heights, MI;
numerous beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins;
long time friends, Patty and Dean Whitten of Aurora, CO.
and Pat and Chris Patrick of Montgomery, AL;
and many other friends who all became family along the way.

Memorials may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, to the American Heart Association or to the American Lung Association. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit the family from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, September 21, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.


8 Comments on Linda Ward

Herman Schoener said : Guest Report Oct 04, 2019 at 5:05 AM

Sam and extended family, So sorry to hear about Linda. She will be missed. I would have liked to have been there however, I was on a road trip to Texas.

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George Mason said : Guest Report Sep 21, 2019 at 3:51 PM

Sam, I know that Linda has had health issues for some time. And you have been her most dedicated and loving helper. I know she is with the Lord now. My deepest condolences as you mourn your loss. God bless you my good friend. George

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Ronell Starr said : Guest Report Sep 21, 2019 at 5:54 AM

Sorry for you lost Sam. God be with you and family.

  • Troy
  • IL
Irving Townsend said : Guest Report Sep 20, 2019 at 3:29 PM

Sorry for lost. You and your family are in my prayers.

  • Swansea
Mike Shearon said : Guest Report Sep 18, 2019 at 10:34 PM

Sam and family - please accept my warm and heartfelt sympathy!

  • Belleville
  • IL
Lee A. Tolliver said : Guest Report Sep 18, 2019 at 8:46 PM

Sam and family Our Condolences and prayers. Lee and Brynn

  • Fairview Heights
  • Il
Diane Cornett Deal said : Guest Report Sep 17, 2019 at 3:16 PM

Sam, Doug, Cissy and Families, My love and prayers are with each of you. Linda was a special lady and a dear friend to so many. We will all miss her. May you feel the peace of our Lord around you as you celebrate her life during the days ahead.

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Dale Cornett said : Guest Report Sep 17, 2019 at 12:09 PM

Sam and family: I send my deepest sympathy in this time of sorrow for your loss. But for Linda; no more pain and suffering. We can all celebrate the kindness , joy and love she brought to this world and to those she new and cared for greatly. She will be deeply missed .

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