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Centenary United Methodist Church
646 W 5th Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Thursday, Mar 23, 2017

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Centenary United Methodist Church
646 W 5th Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Thursday, Mar 23, 2017
1 p.m.

Catherine (Cacky) Choate Ward
Mar 12, 1953 - Mar 16, 2017
Catherine (Cacky) Choate Ward, 64, passed away surrounded by family on Thursday, March 16, 2017. She was born in Charlotte, NC on March 12, 1953, daughter of Joseph Leighton Choate III and Betsy Merritt Choate Sherard. Cacky attended Salem Academy and Mary Baldwin College. Surviving are her husband of forty years Joseph Neill Ward; her daughter Katherine Leighton Ward Brice and her husband Owen; mother and stepfather Moffatt Grier Sherard, Jr.; brother William Merritt Choate and wife Marcy, nephews Merritt and John; stepbrothers Owens Speed Sherard and John Walter Sherard, nephew Jay. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Ann Ward Spence and husband Eric. She was preceded in death by her father, her stepbrother Grier Sherard, and her special mother-in-law Katherine McGeachy Ward. Cacky was a devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend, who was always there for her loved ones. Most never knew the extent of the challenges that she faced. She was an avid sports fan, a great cook and loved puzzles. She loved to travel, and was able to enjoy numerous trips abroad with family and friends. Her vibrant spirit was especially evident at Halloween. This holiday was a special event at the Ward’s house and not to be missed because of Cacky’s playful touches. She leaves behind a host of friends who will miss her dearly. A memorial service will be held Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Centenary United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem with Reverend Jeremy Pegram officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. A memorial in her name may be made to the Lupus Research Alliance, 275 Madison Ave 10th Floor, New York, NY 10157. The family wants to give their grateful appreciation to all of the ICU staff at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center for their care and friendship. Online condolences may be made through www.salemfh.com.
John A Parham
Joe, I am so sorry for the loss of your wife. I know your mother thought very highly of her and see your daughter is named after your mother. God bless you and your family and keep you in your thoughts and prayers.
Tina Mitchell
Joe & Leigh, We are so sorry for your loss. We thought highly of Cacky. Cacky was one of the sweetest people we met. Rural Hill Apts residents sends their condolences and Thomas, Trey and I are praying for your strength during this difficult time. Sincerely, The Mitchell Family (Tina, Thomas & Trey)
Pat Bedford
Joe, I am so sorry. Please know that all of us at Jackson Village and my family send our prayers to you,Leigh and the family. The loss is immeasurable and, having walked in your shoes, I can attest to the exquisite pain and emptiness you are experiencing. My prayer is for the "peace that surpasses all understanding" that can come only through our Lord and Savior. "Be still and know that I am God". Psalm 46:10.
Agape Retirement Home
The staff at Agape was so sorry to hear of your great loss. We wish you and your family peace and comfort during this time. We hope that the joy of precious memories will replace your feeling of loss. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. The staff of Agape will be sending a memorial to the Lupus Research Alliance and the Board of Directors will be sending one as well.
Wesbury Staff
With deep sympathy during this difficult time. Please know that God's love surrounds you at your time of pain, as does ours. If we can help, please know that we are here for you. We are honored to send a memorial to the Lupus Research Alliance. With loving thoughts, Brenda, Gloria, Sherry and John
Gene Tunnell
Joe, On behalf of the Board of Jackson Village I extend to you and your family our sincere regret at the passing of your wife. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Peace
Mr and Mrs Thomas G Eshelman Sr
We send all of you our heartfelt sympathy. Lou and Tom Eshelman Sr.
Kristen Stoltz
What a wonderful, beautiful woman Cacky was! We are all thinking about you, Leigh, and your family. I know she is so proud of you, as am I! Stay strong, as you always do :)
Michael and Casey Lance
Our deepest condolences to you and your family
Al Benshoff
Joe, I am so sorry for your profound loss. It was such a shock today. Please take care of yourself.
Karen Cole
Leigh , I am so sorry to hear of your Mothers Passing , I remember meeting her when Michell Cole and you all graduated from Meredith , she was such an inspiration and I am so sorry for you and your family , May God be with you all , Prayers for all.......Karen Cole
Doris Redding
Joe, I am sincerely sorry for your great loss.It is obvious from the obituary and online condolences that she was a wonderful woman, so beloved, so precious in His sight. May you be sustained by love of friends and family and faith in God.
Ruth Bratton
Joe, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Crystal Cervone
My deepest sympathy, Joe. While I didn't get the pleasure of ever meeting Cacky, I just somehow knew what a wonderful woman she was, even before I read her obituary. I can't imagine how lonely you must be after having her by your side for all those years. My sympathies extend to the family and friends, who I am sure will miss her dearly. I can tell by the obituary, she had a special place in many people's hearts - even though she is gone, she will remain in all of those hearts, especially Joe's, and that is what will bring peace after the grief has had its moment and has passed. Remember the good times, laugh and smile, think of the funny things Cacky did that made you smile and laugh. Keep her alive by talking about her and sharing stories. You would be amazed at how much that helps in the healing process (I speak from experience - I was alienated after my husband passed, and no one would speak of him - he is such a distant memory now, much to my dismay). And Joe, you keep on living your life to the fullest, again, without even knowing Cacky, I just know it is what she would want you to do. I will think of you both, often.


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