Eleanor Augusta Oium Ward passed away September 17, 2011, at her home in Ashland.
Eleanor was born May 21, 1919, in Corvallis, Ore., the only child of George and Sadie Oium who came from Minnesota, as pioneers in 1902. The family lived in Grants Pass, Glendale, Medford and Ashland, Ore. Eleanor is a 1936 graduate of Ashland High School. She continued her education at Oregon State College earning a junior certificate in secretarial science in 1939. She married George F. (Timer) Ward on October 1, 1939, who was living in Alameda, Calif., but had formerly lived and attended school in Ashland. The couple returned to Calififornia, where they resided. Timer was employed with the Southern Pacific Lines until they returned to Ashland in the trucking division in 1946. Eleanor was employed with the Southern Pacific while Timer served in World War II. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1986 and enjoyed wintering in Yuma, Ariz., and traveling in their motor home.
Eleanor enjoyed many activities throughout her life including gardening, sewing, music, playing cards and bowling when not involved in the records of the current family business.
Eleanor was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, a 55-year member; and three times Past Matron of Alpha Chapter No. 1; Order of the Eastern Star; member of Zuleima Temple No. 13; and Daughters of the Nile. She had many friends who will miss her and remember the years they shared together.
Eleanor is preceded in death by her husband, Timer; and son, Glen M. Ward, of Ashland, Ore. She is survived by grandchildren, Sara A. Ward, of Redmond, Wash., Benjamin M. Ward (Leticia), of Colorado Springs, Colo., and her great grand son, Tacitus A. Ward.
Services will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church on Wednesday, September 21, 2011, at 2:00 p.m.