Aug 042009


Eva Mae Ward, 78, of Burlington, formerly of Middletown, Iowa, and Gainesville, Mo., died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2009, at her home surrounded by her children.

Born Feb. 6, 1931, in Burlington, she was the daughter of Rolla Philip and Mildred Elizabeth Hilleary Balmer. On February 18, 1954, she married Jesse David Ward in Augusta, Iowa. He died Aug. 7, 2003.

Eva was employed by Sheaffer Pen Co. before she was married. She was a homemaker and a cook for the Middletown Elementary School. She retired in 1985.

She was a 1950 graduate of Denmark High School. 

She was a member of Ss. John and Paul Catholic Church, Heritage Quilt Club, and St. Theresa Little Flower Circle. She enjoyed quilting, traveling, song birds, flowers, and especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

Survivors include four sons, Joseph (Vicki) Ward of Saginaw, Texas, Charles (Micke) Ward of Middletown, Tom (Patti) Ward and Monte (Shelly) Ward, both of Burlington; four daughters, Cindy (Tom Brueck) Numann of Burlington, Linda Ward of Salem, Marjorie Ward of Burlington, and Theresa (Terry) Krause of Fulton, Ill.; 16 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, William Balmer.

Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with the family to receive friends following a 5 p.m. Christian Wake Service until 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009 at the Hass-Thielen Funeral Home.

The Funeral Mass of the Resurrection for Eva Mae Ward will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church with Father Patrick Hilgendorf as the celebrant. Music will be provided by the Des Moines County Resurrection Choir. Interment will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, west of Danville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established for Great River Hospice, Ss. John and Paul Catholic Church, and the Ozark County Senior Center in Gainesville, Mo.

The Hass-Thielen Funeral Home is in care of the arrangements.

A photo tribute can be viewed and condolences can be sent to the family by visiting Eva’s obituary at

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