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Helen Mae Ward
(08-15-1911 - 08-06-2017)

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Helen Mae Ward, 105, of Elgin passed away Sunday, August 6, 2017 at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital, Elgin. She was born August 15, 1911 in Beloit, WI the daughter of Mark and Alice Totz O’Malley. She been a resident of Elgin since the age of 3 and attended Elgin High School and Ellis Business College. She had been employed at the Elgin National Watch Co. before retiring. She married John “Stan” Ward on December 11, 1930.
In high school she was very active in and loved to follow sports and was and remained an avid fan of the Bears. She was the star of the story of the Elgin National Watch Co., “The Circle of Time”, and was the oldest living person in that movie. She had outstanding wisdom and passed that on to all of her family.
As she grew older she grew more adventurous and at the age of 72 returned to driving a car and getting her dirver's license, she took her first jet flight at the age of 86, followed by a cruise to the carribian and a flight to California at the age of 88.
She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church, Elgin. She was active in Bible Study for many years with the church.
Surviving are her son, Thomas S. (Alexis A.) Ward of Elgin, 2 grandchildren, Timothy S. (Elizabeth) Ward, Amy E. (Brent) Ribble, 5 Great grandchildren, Sophia G. and Jack S. Ward, Hudson T., Max P., and Grant T. Ribble, a niece, Carol Mulligan and her extended family, Richard and Jean Keltner and their family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John “Stan” Ward on August 5, 1996, and a brother Donald O’Malley.
Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, August 10 at 10:00 AM at Laird Funeral Home, Elgin with Rev. Jack Thompson officiating. Burial will follow at Bluff City Cemetery, Elgin. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 9:00 AM until the time of the services. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Immanuel Baptist Church, Elgin. For information call 847-741-8800 or www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com.  

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