Funeral services for Juanita Gest Ward, 76, were held Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale. Burial was in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Rockdale. Rev. Jan Campbell officiated.

Mrs. Ward died Sunday, April 10, in Will O Bell Nursing Home in Bartlett.

She was born March 8, 1935, in Thorndale to C.C. “Collie” and Mary V. (Daniels) Gest.

Mrs. Ward was a 1954 graduate of Rockdale High School.

She lived in Taylor since 1959, and was a dental assistant.

She married Henry Cooper Ward on April 20, 1959, in Fort Worth.

Mrs. Ward was preceded in death by her parents; a niece, Judy Kay Backhaus; and a brother in-law, Alton Backhaus.

Survivors are her husband, Henry C. Ward of Round Rock; a brother, Billy Gest and wife Mar ie of Rockdale; a sister, Betty Backhaus of Rockdale; a brother-in-law, Jimmy Ward and w ife Juanita of Chat tanooga, Tennessee; and special friends and caregivers, Hermania Vitek and Sharon Anders.

Pallbearers were Jay Jaecks Jr., Randy Back haus, Justin Loewe, Christopher Lightsey, Kyle Lightsey, Brad Gest, Lance Loewe and Gary Anders.

Memorials may be made in her name to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1630, Rockdale, T X 76567; A lzheimer’s A ssociation, 3429 Executive Center Dr., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731; or to a charity of your choice.

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