Martha Lou Ward, 77, of Mountainburg passed away Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, at a local hospital. She attended the New Mexico School for the Visually Handicap in Alamogordo, attended Stepping Stone School Jobs Plus division of Alma, loved playing bingo at the Alma Senior Center and was a member of the Mountainburg Presbyterian Church. She was born Aug. 9, 1939 in Talahina, Okla., to the late Bud and Elizabeth Ward.

Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Mountainburg Presbyterian Church. Cremation is under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.

Survivors include a sister, Betty Chandler of Mountainburg; a nephew, Jackson Ward Chandler and wife Robin of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a niece, April Chandler Rasmussen and husband Dirk of Denver, Colo.; two great-nephews, Markus Chandler and Clay Chandler Rasmussen; a great-niece, Marlys Hawthorne; and three great-great-nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Stepping Stone School of Alma or Bost Inc.

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