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Barbara T Ward

September 23, 2015
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Barbara T. Ward of Fort Myers Florida went to be with her Lord on September 19, 2015. She was the only child of Catherine and Norfleet Tyer of Norfolk, Virginia who each preceded her in death.

It was in Norfolk where she met and married her childhood sweetheart Wellington Ward in 1956. Her husband knew her for 70 years, having met her when she was only 10 years old.

Their love for one another bore them two sons, Sam and Ben. The two of them, Sam wed to Janine and Ben wed to Shawn, brought to the family 5 grandchildren. Tara, Andrea, and Brother Brad were part of Sam's family and Ben had two daughters, Jordyn and Taylor. They were always fond of Barbara because to know Barbara Ward was to love Barbara Ward.

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Along with the respect and love paid to her was the fact that she was well known as an educator within the School System of Lee County. After spending nearly half of her time in the classroom, she became the assistant principal at Tice Elementary School for 1 year and spent the next 18 years as principal at Sanibel Elementary.

She retired in 1997 but not before guiding Sanibel to Blue Ribbon School status. That of course was a national honor meaning that the school was considered one of the best in the country. Aside from the prestige of the award given the school by this posture, there were also other grand programs that she created and developed that kept the city of Sanibel proud.

While she was Principal of The Sanibel School, Barbara was voted Sanibel's Woman of the Year. Here she was driven in a convertible along the roadway in the 4th of July Parade.

Held each year, The Sanibel Shell Fair piqued her curiosity and led her to showcase the schools children with their abilities to man the many booths needed to educate the public. Much information was released to the crowds which was one of the highlights of the event. The schools good will level rose to the top of the heap.

Another tool that Barbara unleashed on her students was its own TV station. Everyday a choice of the very best of that days' happenings was announced on the screen and enjoyed by all in the school.

Another crowd pleaser was to see the principal, Barbara Ward, wearing her colorful baseball cap with its matching jacket. Each was covered with a map of the world with a destination of the day to be found and identified for a prize. Of course, Mrs. Ward would also appear on Camera wearing her outfit.

Creating great feelings were the songs that she created that were learned and sung by the children. These songs were cleverly written and had a good beat with a great rhythm. They were all songs that would identify the states by name and tune. All of the states were learned by the singing of a song. Everyone enjoyed the songs while also learning the states.

Sanibel was more than just a proud community, it was also proud of its school. It was then and it still is to this day.

Barbara Ward has remained an inspiration to everyone she has ever come in contact with and she will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

A celebration of life was held at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Fort Myers. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Hope Hospice, 9470 Health Park Circle, Fort Myers, 33908 or to Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2439 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 33901.



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