Remembering You, Always
Mrs. Verdene Ward, adoringly known as “Geechee” was born on March 25, 1950, to the Late Mary Ann Woodard and Thomas Brown in Blakely, Georgia. She was the second of fifteen siblings. Under the care of her Grand Parents, The Great Leila Mae and Wakefield Smith in Miami, Florida, Verdene accepted Jesus Christ into her life at an early age. Verdene received her formal education in Dade County Pub-lic Schools. After high school, she worked as an X-Ray Technician at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
In the year 1965, she met the love of her life, Mr. Gary Ward Sr. They entered the bond of Holy Matrimony on May 26, 1970, in Donaldsonville, Ga. From this union, four children were born. With strength, perseverance, courage, and patience they built a foundation. Verdene truly loved and valued life. She put GOD and Family at the highest of her priorities. She loved cooking, shopping, traveling, and fishing. Verdene was a loving, wise, loyal, selfless, intelligent, exuber-ant, and compassionate woman and a phenomenal Wife, Mother, Daughter, Sister, Aunt, Grand Mother, and Confidant she grew on the hearts of many people whom she encountered.
On the Evening of Sunday, December 5, 2021, she transitioned to Eternal Glory.
She will forever be our “Honey” as her Husband Gary so affectionately called her.
Our Family’s Matriarch will always be carried in our hearts. She has left to celebrate and cherish fond memories, Husband; Gary Ward Sr., Children; Shonka Thomas (Darren), Sermora Ward, Mat-thew Ward and Keith Coats, (Two Sons; Big man & Kelvin [preceded in death]) Bonus Daughters; Kijana & Catrice, Mother-In-Law; Ida Bell Andrews, Grand Children; Daryl (Josselyn), Dion, Edward (preceded in death), Patrick (Ashley), Deonte (Jantanice), Darius (Sherria), Yvette, Dana (Lakaya), Asia, Kiondra, Walter, Matthew Jr., Sermora, Noam Jr., Syria, Joshua, Eugene, Roro. Great Grand Chil-dren: Dazaveon, Marquez, Caleb, Deonte Jr., Dasharia, Neacole, Asavea, Y’anis, Devon, Patrick Jr., Riley, Sheldarius Jr., Darius Jr. Shandler, and Payton. Brothers; James Lewis (Janice), James Smith, Christopher Woodard, Thomas & Jerry Brown. Sisters; Mary Taylor, Jaqueline Davis (Greg), Glenda Moyd, Sharon, Brenda & Cynthia Smith. (Three siblings Alphonso Wright, Adam Lewis & Barbara Sy-monette (preceded in death). Also, a host of In-Laws, Nieces, Neph-ews, Cousins, and Family friends.