Mary “Babe” Etta Ward

Published 4:42 pm Monday, December 31, 2018

Mary “Babe” Etta Ward, 71, passed away on Friday, December 28, 2018, at Johnson City Medical Center.
A native of Carter County, she was the daughter of the late Evelyn Taylor.
Babe was a Special Education Teacher at Valley Forge Elementary School and loved the children dearly. She also loved to shop.
In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Jerry Taylor and Gene Taylor, and one sister, Diana Bishop.
Those left to cherish her memory are Jack Ward, husband; Nyoka Bentley, sister; Bobby Taylor, brother; special nieces, Tammy Almond and Kawana Collake, and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by special friend, Dale Ward. She will be missed by her fur baby, Bootsie.
Funeral services for Mary “Babe” Etta Ward will be conducted at 12 p.m. Thursday, January 3, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with Pastor Burl Ward officiating. Interment will follow at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Dale Ward, Harold Ward, Brady Lewis, Brandon Murphy, Austin Almond, Isaiah Arnold, Tony Bishop and Gary Taylor. The family would like to express a special “Thank You” to the ICU nurses at Johnson City Medical Center, Ken and Linda. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at our website at
Memorial Funeral Chapel is serving the Ward family.

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