Mildred Andrews Ward

October 3, 1932 - July 26, 2023
Mildred Andrews Ward

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Mildred A. Ward, born on October 3, 1932, died on July 26, 2023. She was the daughter of the late James Owen Andrews and Evelyn Ruth Gore. She grew up in the Bethel community in Columbus County, attended and graduated from Williams Township High School, where she was a member of both the softball and basketball teams. She was a first team All Columbus player three of the four years she played.

After graduation, she attended Baker-Thompson School of Nursing in Lumberton, NC. She left school and married her high school sweetheart, Lupton Ward, who was serving in the U.S. Air Force at the time. After his discharge, they moved back to the farm where she grew up. It was during this time on the farm that her daughter Kay was born. She was then and continued to be the pride of her life, as long as she lived.

She was an active member of Bethel Methodist Church serving as the youth director and as a member of the Women’s society.

She and her family moved to Wilmington, NC in 1969 when her husband accepted a job with GE. The family joined Trinity United Church and she became a circle member and loved helping at church functions when able. Trinity was a major part of her life and she loved everyone there.

Another love was her home and yard. She loved plants and flowers. She could grow anything. She was awarded several “Yard of the months” while in Spring View. She was also a long-time member of the Gardenia Garden Club of Wilmington, NC.

Her main love was her family. She was most excited about her two beautiful grandkids, Cary Marie Lambert and Cameron James Lambert. They loved their grandmother with all their hearts.

She is survived by her husband, Lupton Ward of 70 years; daughter, Kay Ward Lambert of Wilmington, NC; granddaughter, Cary Marie Lambert of Richland, WA and grandson, Cameron James Lambert of Winter Haven, FL.

She will always be remembered as a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother to her family and true friend to all who knew her.

Memorial service is planned for 11 am Monday, July 31, 2023 at Trinity United Methodist Church 14th and Market Streets, Wilmington. Visitation for family and friends will begin at 10 am.

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  • August 03, 2023
    Cecilia Combs says:
    Kay, My thoughts are with you and your family. Please remember all of the good times you all shared with your Mom over the years and hopefully that will help ease the oain of your loss.

  • August 01, 2023
    Yvonne rumple says:
    I will always fondly remember what a wonderful southern lady Mildred was. She was so kind and thoughtful. I’m blessed to have known her. She and Lupton were a shining example of a beautiful marriage.

  • July 31, 2023
    Betsy McKee lit a candle:
    Lit since July 31, 2023 at 7:47:37 AM

  • July 30, 2023
    We loved Mildred. She was such a wonderful example of a Southern lady. She and Lupton were two amazing people who showed the world what true love is. Blessings to Lupton and the family.9

  • July 29, 2023
    Mary Frazier says:
    We enjoyed our Spring View friendship for many years. My sincerest sympathy to Lupton, Kay and family. Mary Frazier