Mary Ward


Mary Elizabeth Sutton Ward, age 91, of Arden, N.C., originally from Dillsboro, passed away Monday, Sept. 7, 2020.

She was born on Sept. 8, 1928, in Jackson County to the late John Baxter and Lola Pangle Sutton.

She was an avid reader who loved gardening and flowers. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Mary will be dearly missed by her loving children, Sandra (Fred) McLean, Claude (Narla) Ward, Phyllis Cooper; brother, Wilson Sutton; grandchildren, Jennifer, Jeremy (Tori), Cheslea; great-grandchildren, Robert, Victoria, Jackson, Gage, Gia, Gavin, Kylee, Tylee; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Doyle Ward; sisters, Maude, Dorothy; and brothers, Richard, Ramsey, Hilliard, Claude, John Baxter and Marshall.

The family would like to extend special thanks to Care Partners PACE, Private Duty Services and Hospice for their love and care.

Visitation was held from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, at Appalachian Funeral Services, 165 Skyland Drive, Sylva, N.C.

Interment followed at 1 p.m. at Locust Field Cemetery, with Rev. Eugene Ridley officiating.