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Margaret Ward, 88, former Columbia resident, worked for family business

Monday, July 22, 2013 | 8:44 p.m. CDT; updated 8:35 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 23, 2013

COLUMBIA — Every day with Margaret Ward left her daughter-in-law, Sue Strain, with a fond memory.

"We were best friends," Strain said. "I took care of her the last 10 years. Eventually her health failed, and I took care of her every day 24/7."

Mrs. Ward died Sunday, July 21, 2013, at her home in Lee's Summit. She was 88.

She was born Feb. 3, 1925, in Rosedale, Kan., to William and Anna Kohrs.

Mrs. Ward graduated from Hickman High School and lived in Columbia for the majority of her life. She worked for her family's business, Ward's Truck Service, for about 30 years, Strain said.

Mrs. Ward's mother died when she was young. As the oldest of four siblings, Mrs. Ward assumed a role in helping to raise her two brothers and sister. She used this experience to help take of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

"She was a wonderful grandmom," Strain said. "She loved her grandkids."

When her mother-in-law's health started to fail, Strain took a leave of absence from her job to take care of Mrs. Ward. Strain said people would always tell her that not many daughters-in-law would do that.

"We had a good time," she said. "We'd talk about this and that. She liked roses — yellow roses. I'd go out and get flowers and put them in a vase by her chair."

"I didn't only lose a mother-in-law," she said. "I lost my best friend."

Mrs. Ward is survived by her son, Daryl Strain and his wife, Sue, of Lee's Summit; a stepdaughter, Lynn Huss of Columbia; a brother, Don Kohrs and his wife Joan, of Chillicothe; six grandchildren, Kevin, Scott, Jennifer, Kristen, Daniel and Andy; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Russell Ward; her parents, William and Anna Kohrs; two sons, Daniel Strain and Redgie Ward; and two siblings, Billy and Donna Kohrs, died earlier.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W., with a burial immediately following in Memorial Park Cemetery.


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