Marda Sue Ward

Jun 24th, 1943 - May 19th, 2020


Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home


Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home


Herrin City Cemetery

Marda Sue Ward

Energy- Marda Sue Ward, age 76, of Energy, passed away at 11:47am on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.

Marda was born in Herrin on June 24, 1943, the daughter of Vernon T. and Myrtle L. (Priddy) Vancil. She married William R. “Snooks” Ward at the Energy Methodist Church on February 9, 1962. He preceded her in death on September 23, 1996.

Mrs. Ward was a lifelong member of Lone Oak Baptist Church in Energy. She had retired from People’s Bank where she had worked as a bank teller. Marda enjoyed searching for treasures at yard sales and reading. She was a caregiver to many and faithful friend to all those that knew and loved her. She will be missed by many.

Survivors include-

Son- William R. and Lori Ann Ward of Marion

Daughter- Lori and John Gelgut of Energy

Son- Michael A. Ward of Herrin

Daughter- Danielle Clark of Energy

Fourteen Grandchildren

Sixteen Great Grandchildren

Sister- Joyce Miller of Branson, MO

Brother- Bob Vancil of Herrin

Sister- Vera Mooney of Jackson, MS

Sister-in-law- Linda Ellery of Energy

Lifelong friend- Jane Cagle of Energy

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and granddaughter- Kalyn Gelgut.

DUE TO HEALTH CONCERNS RELATED TO THE COVID-19 VIRUS, private funeral services will be held at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin with Rev. Jerry Schell and Pastor David Dyer officiating. Burial will follow at Herrin City Cemetery.

For those who prefer, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association. Envelopes will be available and accepted at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home, 201 South 13th Street, Herrin, Illinois 62948. 

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6 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Barbara and Presley Boyd

    From: Hendersonville, Tennessee

    Date: May 20, 2020

    Prayers for the family. Love you all.

  • Guest: Bree Wechter (Trammell)

    From: Louisville, Kentucky

    Date: May 20, 2020

    Love this family. I spent many of nights in elementary school at their house, singing, dancing, and watching movies…driving them all crazy. They were so loving and fun. My heart breaks for you all, but I know she is happy with your dad now. I will always remember her smile. Love you all.

  • Guest: Kay Penninger

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: May 20, 2020

    Rest In Peace my sweet friend! You are at home with our Heavenly Father, prayers for your family, you will be dearly missed, love you!

  • Guest: Lynn Glover

    From: Carterville , Illinois

    Date: May 20, 2020

    To the Ward family so sorry for you lose. Prayers to your family in this time of sorrow.

  • Guest: Sandy Phipps

    From: Johnston City, Illinois

    Date: May 21, 2020

    Linda Ellery so sorry for your loss of Marda Sue, prayers and condolences for your families. Hugs my friend.

  • Guest: Pam Cross

    From: Benton, Illinois

    Date: May 21, 2020

    Just found out about Marta Sue. I wish I could have been there for you as you were with us when mom died. I’ll keep all of you in my prayers. Love to all of you, Joyce, Bobby, Vera and Marty’s children, grandchildren and many niece’s, nephew’s and cousins.