On Saturday, October 31, 2020, Kata Lou Ward peacefully passed from this physical world at the age of 69 years old in Dallas, TX. “Kay”, as she was known to her family and friends was a fluent speaker and proud member of the Choctaw Nation. She was born to Sweeney E. and Mary Mae (Ward) Wilson on July 6, 1951 in Broken Bow, OK. Kay lived in Broken Bow her entire life and graduated from Broken Bow High school in 1969.
On June 6, 1971, Kay married the love of her life, Jonah Ward, at the McGee Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Broken Bow. Together they enjoyed forty-five years of life together raising two sons who kept them happily busy with sports, love and laughter.
The McGee Chapel became a centerpiece in Kay’s life. She was an active member in the women’s ministry. This special place was where she worshipped her Lord, drew strength from her faith, defined her family values, and celebrated life’s most important occasions.
Kay was an educator in the Broken Bow Public School System where she worked as a teacher’s aide for 37 years. She was also a dedicated volunteer for the American Indian Leaders Youth Council where she mentored and taught the Choctaw language. During the summers, Kay worked as a youth program counselor for the Choctaw Nation providing personal and professional life-skills necessary for work-place assignments.
If you knew Kay, then you knew that she “never met a stranger.” She loved visiting with people and knew just about everyone in town. And, if Kay didn’t know you, it probably wouldn’t take her long to figure out who in your family she did know. She loved supporting her children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews at all kinds of sporting events and social occasions, no matter where they occurred.
Kay is preceded in death by her parents, Sweeney and Mary Wilson; her husband, Jonah; sisters, Cynthia Billy and Joyce Williston; niece, Katrina Anderson; and brothers-in-law, Ed Billy and Rev. Randy Jacob.
Kay is survived by her loving sons, David Clay Ward and wife, Jackie Swift, of White Plains, Maryland, and Jonathan Anthony “Tony” Ward and wife Amy, of Broken Bow; sisters, Betty Jacob of Broken Bow, and Juanita Pearl Henry, of Chicago, Illinois; brother, Walter (T-Loyd) Wilson and wife, Louise, of Choctaw, Mississippi; grandchildren, Peyton and Kayla Ward of Broken Bow; and Dylan and Notah McCabe of White Plains, MD; and numerous nieces and nephews, in addition to a host of dear life-long friends.
A Celebration of Life Service will be Friday, November 6, 2020 at 1PM, the McGee Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church, with burial to follow at the McGee Chapel Cemetery. In honor of Kay’s love of her nation, the family is inviting you to wear your traditional Choctaw or Native clothing for the service.
Visitation will be Thursday, from 6-8PM at the Brumley Funeral Home Chapel.
Due COVID-19, the family has respectfully requested attendees always observe the social distancing rules including the wearing of masks.
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