Phyllis F. Ward


Phyllis Fae Barrett Ward beloved wife of Phillip D. Ward and precious mother to Vicki (Al) Rice, Becki (Dan) Jewett, Timothy (Nancy) Ward, Wendy (Roger) Quisenberry, and James (Kimberly) Ward met her Saviour face-to-face on August 1, 2019 after a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 3,he Greenville Free Methodist Church at 11:00 AM with Rev. Dr. Ward Sussenbach officiating. Visitation will be prior to service from 9:30 AM to 11:00. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that memorials be made to either Oakdale Christian Academy or Woodside Community Church. Memorials can be made at the funeral home or at the church Saturday.

Phyllis was born in Round Prairie, MN on August 6, 1929 to LeRoy Vernon Barrett and Pearl Margaret Holmen Barrett (both deceased). She was a sibling to Robert Barrett (deceased), Donna Mae Barrett Nunn, and James Barrett (deceased).

Education was always important to Phyllis. She attended 1 st grade through 12 th in Grey Eagle, MN and
attended St. Cloud Teacher’s College in St. Cloud, MN.

On September 8, 1949 Phyllis married Phillip in Grey Eagle, MN in the Evangelical United Brethren church. They moved to Waukesha, WI where Phillip attended Carroll College. Upon graduation Phillip and Phyllis moved to Wilmore, Kentucky where she helped put him through Asbury Seminary.

Phyllis faithfully followed Phillip but never walked behind him as she was always an integral part of his ministry career. This ministry partnership took them to the Free Methodist Churches in Barron, Steven’s Point, Richland Center and New Berlin, WI. They spent 8 years serving as conference superintendent in Woodstock, IL for the Illinois/Wisconsin conference.

Their ministry took a directional change as they worked for denomination headquarters in Winona Lake, IN. After 4 years they felt and followed the call back into full-time ministry in Midwest City, OK and Fenton, MI before retiring to Greenville, IL.

Phyllis was a simple and practical Midwesterner. She always worked hard and served God even harder. She wanted others to know God as she did and instilled this in her children. She was fun loving and mischievous which made others (especially her grandchildren) love her and desire to be like her. This includes playing games, making up fun rules, showing how not to play sports and even riding stick ponies at an advanced age.

She made Christ first and taught her family how a true prayer warrior looked and acted. Everyone knew that they were loved and prayed for without a doubt. Missions was always her passion, however, after participating in a work week at Oakdale, KY, she fell in love with the mission of Oakdale Christian Academy and urged others to support them, too.

In addition to her husband and children, Phyllis is survived by sister-in-law Connie Barret and by 18 grandchildren – Kami Rice, Erin (Jamie) Snapp, Whitney (Thomas) Dillard, Ryan (Wendy) Rice, Eric ( Carrie) Jewett, Chad ( Julie) Jewett, Malorie (Ryan) Tash, Bethany Ward, Dima Powell, Ivan Powell, Lance (Elisabeth) Ward, Jamie (Tyler) Connell, and Kevin Ward.

She is also survived by 19 great grandchildren – Kira, Kaden, Karson, Sydney, Allyson, Breece, Bryce, Bryant, Wyatt, Sophia, Emmy, Maximus, Jack, Adriana, Isabella, Ben, Caleb, Julia and Elijah. She was preceded in death by Jacob and Wesley Marcarius.

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