Marveina Ward's life was full of travel and family

Monday, September 9, 2013 | 1:44 p.m. CDT; updated 5:26 p.m. CDT, Monday, September 9, 2013

COLUMBIA — Despite never learning to drive, Marveina Ward always found adventure. She would trek across the country by bus to the West Coast and jet across the world to Australia.

"She was game to go anywhere," her sister, Janice Bowser, said.

Ms. Ward, of Jarrell, Texas, died Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. She was 76.

She was born Sept. 11, 1936, in Fayette to Walter and Lucille Ward. 

Ms. Ward's father would take her and her siblings to Sedalia as they were growing up to watch modified stock cars race circles around dusty tracks. Ms. Ward loved Western novels by Louis L'Amour and movies starring John Wayne. Most of all, she loved her nieces and nephews. 

Ms. Ward worked in housing at MU and at the Memorial Student Union for 33 years.

Later in life, Ms. Ward fulfilled a dream of building her own home, choosing to build it on property in Texas owned by her niece Karla Bowser Anderson in order to be closer to her.

But the love of adventure depicted in the Westerns she adored never left her, and she traveled around the world. When her nephew Randy Bowser was around 10 years old, Ms. Ward took him with her on one of her trips. They traveled by bus to Washington state. After the trip, he would get excited every time he saw a double-decker bus on the highway, eagerly telling his parents that it was the same bus he and his "Aunt Eina" rode.

"My sister had a lot of stories to tell," Janice Bowser said.

Ms. Ward is survived by her brother Larry Ward and wife, Joyce, of Steedman; a sister, Janice Bowser, of Fulton; two nieces, Karla Bowser Anderson and her husband, Danny, of Austin, Texas, and Alice Halsey of Kingdom City; five nephews, Keven Ward of Millersburg, Rick Ward and his wife, Nancy, of Portland, Mo., Karl Ward of Auxvasse, Brent Ward and his wife, Trisha, of Steedman, and Randy Bowser and his wife, Mary Alice, of Millersburg.

Her parents, Walter and Lucille Ward; two brothers, Wayne and Donnie Ward; and brother-in-law, Jerry Bowser, died earlier.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. on Monday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services will follow at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to Girling Hospice Texas, 100 N. College St., Round Rock, TX 78664.

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