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Pearl Marie Ward

February 22, 1944 — November 13, 2020

Pearl Marie Ward, a long-time resident of Rocklin, California, passed away at home on the 13th of November, 2020 surrounded by family and loved ones.

Born in 1944 in Pittsburg, CA. She was a devoted nurse who spent the earlier part of her career working at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Martinez, California, where she attended to wounded soldiers and civilians alike. She continued working in Private Duty Nursing until she retired in 2016 at the age of 72.

No stranger to hard work, caregiving or devotion, Pearl was a dutiful mother to six children; Richard B. Ward, Linda Jai (Ward), LaTonia Faye Jordan (Maxey), Shamay Maxey, Daniel W. Mays Jr. and Dana Marie Turay (Mays). Pearl spent the latter part of her years in service to impoverished communities and spreading the Word of God.

She was an ordained minister known for her strength, resilience and earnest prayers, and could often be found speaking words of encouragement to family, friends, and strangers. Pearl was also known for her sense of humor and honesty. It was not uncommon to hear the phrase, "okay now, I'm tired of talking to you," after a lengthy phone call.

In addition to her hard work and sacrifice, Pearl also made time for simple pleasures in life. She enjoyed hosting family gatherings, caravanning to her favorite restaurant, the New Mecca Café to share a meal with her loved ones, and singing along to her favorite praise and worship music. Pearl had a smile that could light up a room, and a spirit to match. Both of which will be missed.

The matriarch of her family, Pearl will be remembered by all who had the honor of knowing her. Her prayers, love, strength and wisdom will never be forgotten. Her spirit lives within and around us all while her memory will rest in our hearts forever.

Pearl is preceded in death by her parents, Enoch Smith and Ethel Lee Smith. Her siblings; Evelyn Hornbeck, Clarence Edward Smith, Roberta Faye Smith, Linda Joyce Smith, Jacqueline Elaine Smith and Reginald Keith Smith. As well as her children, Richard Brady Ward and LaTonia Faye Jordan.

She is survived by her siblings Brenda Kay Smith and Sharon Denise Johnson (Smith). Her children; Linda Jai, Shamay Maxey, Daniel W. Mays Jr. and Dana Marie Turay, and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews.

*Attendance is limited to immediate family only, due to Covid-19 under California state mandate.*
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Saturday, November 21, 2020

11:00am - 1:00 pm

Heritage Oaks Memorial Chapel

6920 Destiny Dr, Rocklin, CA 95677

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