King-Lynk Funeral Home obituary – Mary L. Ward, 86, Fort Madison

Mary L. Ward, 86, of Ft. Madison, died Saturday, August 7, 2021.

Mary L. Ward, 86, of Ft. Madison, passed away on Saturday, August 7, 2021 at 12:07 PM at the Donnellson Health Center.

   She was born on December 22, 1934 in Ft. Madison, Iowa to Hiram and Lula Etta Smith Pickard.  On September 17, 1953 she married Gilbert Ward and he preceded her in death.  Mary was a homemaker and a member of the First Christian Church in Ft. Madison.  She lived in California, Hawaii and Florida during her husband’s career in the US Navy.  They retired in Lakeland, FL and after Gil’s death in 1994 Mary moved to Fort Madison.  

  Survivors include two brothers, Duane Pickard and Jerry (Barbara) Pickard both of Ft. Madison; one sister in law, Anna Ruth Pickard; several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gil; two brothers, Bill and Darrell and three sisters, Helen, Shirley and Betty. 

   Per her wishes, cremation has been entrusted to King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory.  There will be no formal services and burial will take place in Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL.  

   A memorial has been established for the First Christian Church and online condolences may be left at

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