Lorraine Alice Ward, RN, 78, died June 17, 2002, in Cottonwood. She was born Oct. 7, 1923, in Powersville, Iowa.
Born to the Rev. and Mrs. L.P. Hustad, Mrs. Ward received her nursing education at Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing in Watertown, S.D. and the University of Minnesota. She practiced nursing in Minnesota, Illinois and California with two stints focusing on the victims of polio during the Midwest epidemic in the 1940s, and later as ship's nurse of the Food for the Hungry mercy ship rescuing Vietnamese refugees in the South China Sea in 1979 and 1980.
Through the years, Mrs. Ward's major interests, in addition to her family, were music and nursing. She served as church pianist for many years, beginning at age 12, and played the piano at Youth For Christ rallies in the upper Midwest.
Mrs. Ward was a resident of Payson for several years. She and her husband also resided in Hong Kong and Thailand and participated in special ministries throughout the world's famine and disaster areas.
Survivors include her husband, Larry; daughter, Sheri Moy and husband, William; son, Kevin Ward and wife, Penni, of Chandler; grandchildren, Melissa Moy Peloke and Jonathan Ward Moy of Scottsdale, and Courtney, Colin, Chase, Colton, Mason, McKenna and Chandler Ward, all of Mesa; great-grandchildren, Jordan Reed and Whitney Taylor Peloke.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 8 at Ponderosa Baptist Church in Payson.
Donations can be made to Viet/Aid, P.O. Box 820, Arizona City, AZ 85223-820.