Obituary of Charlotte Duane Ward
Charlotte Duane Ward (née Mills) passed away peacefully on November 10, 2022, in Jackson, California.
Born in Los Angeles, California, on March 10, 1927, Charlotte was the younger daughter of John Paul Mills, a Rochester, New York native, and Gethra Alice Craft, a native of Waller, Texas. Her sister, Jeanne Gethra Towns, predeceased Charlotte on February 4, 2013.
Charlotte and her older sister Jeanne lived in Los Angeles until they moved to Stockton from Wilmington by 1935. In Stockton, Charlotte attended New Weber School on Madison Street and St. Mary’s High School, graduating with the highest honors in 1943. She was awarded a scholarship to Dominican College in San Rafael for her exceptional academic work and outstanding leadership in extra-curricular activities.
She attended both Dominican College and College of the Pacific, later graduating with honors from California State University, Sacramento, in 1981.
She was part of a small sewing group formed specifically to assist the Red Cross in 1940, an Engineering Aide for the California State Department of Highways in 1944-45, and a member of Tau Gamma Sorority for College of the Pacific, Lodi’s Marc Club, and St. Joachim’s Catholic Church in Lockeford. She was active with her children in Bruella 4-H Club and the Stockton Chorale (where she and the group performed at Carnegie Hall).
After Charlotte’s mother, Gethra, died suddenly in 1940, her father’s aunt, a widow from Rochester—Ottilie “Lilly” Warncke Wagner—traveled to Stockton at age 79 to help her nephew rear the two girls. In 1947, their father married Marjorie Post of San Francisco.
After meeting her future husband on New Year’s Eve, 1945, Charlotte became engaged to James Budd “Jimmy” Ward, Jr.—a World War II veteran who also had attended College of the Pacific—at a party on her 19th birthday, March 10, 1946, in Stockton. The couple married at Stockton’s Church of the Annunciation on August 18, 1946, before 300 guests. They began their married life in a small apartment on Main Street in Lockeford and in the early 1950s moved to the family ranch outside of Lockeford where they reared their children. Jimmy and Charlotte’s loving marriage spanned 52 years until Jimmy passed away peacefully in 1998.
After Jimmy passed, and as an avid traveler and student of history and art, Charlotte completed a lifelong dream of visiting all seven continents, with Antarctica as her final destination. She also became a locally accomplished artist under the pseudonym “Charlie” (her childhood nickname), receiving many awards at the San Joaquin County Fair.
Charlotte and Jimmy had seven children: James Budd Ward III, Kathleen Marie “Missy” Ward Uhlich (deceased), Margaret Mary “Peggy” Ward Engh (Christopher), Timothy John “Tim” Ward (Sonia), Anthony Christopher “Tony” Ward (Brooke), Thomas Lafayette “Tom” Ward (Barbara), and Mary Theresa Ward.
Jimmy and Charlotte’s grandchildren are: Missy’s children—David Scott Uhlich (Lisa) and Christopher William Uhlich (deceased, Tina); Tim’s son – James Justin Ward (Kelly); Tony’s children—Carlie Donovan Ward Elwell (Nicholas) and Anthony Christopher “Ace” Ward, Jr. (Claire); Tom’s daughters—Erin Elizabeth Ward and Emily Ann Ward Saldivar (Adrian); and Mary’s children—Thomas Ward Keller and Riley Michael Worcester. Their great-grandchildren are Connor James Ward, Madelyn Rose Ward, Collins Erin Elwell, Sutton Lilly Elwell, Syd Thomas Herrick Saldivar, Jessie Martin Saldivar, and Natalie Isabel Saldivar.
Besides her husband, Jimmy, and sister, Jeanne, and her daughter, Missy, Charlotte was predeceased by her father, John Paul Mills, her step-mother, Marjorie Post Mills, her father-in-law, James Budd Ward, Sr., her mother- in-law, Garnett Victoria Loker Ward, her son-in -law, Richard William Uhlich, and her grandson, Christopher William Uhlich.
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A Rosary for Charlotte will be recited at Lodi Funeral Home on November 28, 2022 at 6:00 PM (public visitation at 5:00 PM). Funeral Services will be at Saint Joachim Catholic Church, Lockeford, on November 29, 2022 at 10:00 AM, and burial will take place in the Ward lot at Harmony Grove Cemetery, Lockeford. A reception will be held at the Saint Joachim Catholic Church hall immediately following the burial. In lieu of flowers, donations in the memory of Charlotte and Jimmy can be made to St. Joachim Catholic Church, Lockeford (Building and Maintenance Fund).
Recitation of the Holy Rosary
Mass of Christian Burial
In Loving Memory
1927 - 2022
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