Esma J. Ward
Esma Jean “Toni” Billings Ward passed away at age 92 on May 28, 2018, in Uvalde, Texas.
A native Texan, she was born on April 23, 1926, in Smiley, Texas to Esma Rachel Colley Billings and John Billings.
She attended grammar school in Smiley moving on to high school at Our Lady of the Lake in San Antonio. As a student at the University of Texas she met a recent World War II veteran, Jess Clark Ward Jr., in 1945. They fell in love and were married on Dec. 19th, 1946.
After spending the first year in Austin while Jess was a student at the University they moved to Smiley, Texas, where their son, Jess Clark Ward III was born, then three years later their daughter, Cecilia Ward was born. A move to Cuero, Texas lasted only a few years before the family moved to Uvalde where they made their permanent home.
Toni was active at St. Philips Episcopal Church, with her prayer group, her bridge group and volunteering for hospice. It is said she felt one of her greatest achievements was being an original member of the Frio River Beach Club. She had an abundance of friends near and dear and never tired of their company.
She was an avid and talented water colorist, loved spending time with her family and always enjoyed traveling both in the states and abroad. She felt fortunate to have lived such a full life.
She will be missed by her children, Clark and his wife, Debbie Ward and Cecilia. As well as her granddaughter, McClain Sullivan, her grandsons J. Clark Ward and fiancée, Susan Collins and her children, Dylan, Kirsten, and Makayla, and John Sullivan, and by her great-granddaughter, Morgan Ward.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jess Clark Ward Jr. and by her granddaughter, Brittany Ward.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 1, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church.
Memorial donations may be made to Uvalde Hospice, 1038 Garner Field Rd., Uvalde, TX 78801, or to the charity of one’s choice.
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