Lucinda “Cindy” Ward, 73, died Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, at her Ardmore residence following an extended illness. Daughter of the late Frank and Levanita (Sarracino) Salvador, Cindy was born June 3, 1942, at McCartys, N.M.
A member of the Acoma Pueblo, Cindy was proud of her Native American heritage. She graduated from Grants High School at Grants, N.M., and then attended the Indian School of Nursing in Albuquerque, N.M., and was assigned to the Public Services Indian Hospital in Talihina, Okla., where she completed her licensure for a Licensed Practical Nurse.
It was in Talihina, that she met and following a ‘whirlwind romance’ married the love of her life, John Daniel Ward, Feb. 1, 1964. They celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary earlier this year. She and J.D. were the parents of four children, John Daniel Jr., Ralph “Butch”, Timothy Ray and Tammy.
She and J.D. accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior, Feb. 14, 2013, and worshiped at First Baptist Church Fusion in Ardmore. Cindy loved to sew, quilt and to cross stitch; but she was most famous for her Indian Tacos, ummmm good!
In addition to taking care of her family and being a homemaker, Cindy had worked at the Choctaw Nation Hospital and for Healthback Home Health; she retired after a 48 year nursing career.
Cindy is survived by her beloved husband, John Daniel “J.D.” Ward of the home in Ardmore; two sons, John Daniel Ward Jr. and his wife, Tina and Ralph “Butch” Ward and his wife, Michelle; daughter, Tammy Douglas and her husband, Sam; five brothers, Clarence Salvador and his wife, Mary, Wilbur Salvador and his wife, Eleanor, Robert Salvador and his wife, Miriam, Rex Salvador and Wayne Salvador and his wife, Lilly; a sister, Pilar Lorenzo and her husband, Mark; grandchildren, Michael Shane Ward and his wife, Christina and their children, Clayton and Leah, Rachel Dawn Youngblood and her son, Braxton, Caterina Deon Ward Terry and her husband, Kevin and their daughter, Leila, Dakota Dyaami Nashoba Ward and Ethan Cole Douglas; and step-grandchildren, Taylor, Hannah, Haley, Emily, Madison, Alexis, Teresa and Tiffany.
In addition to her parents, Cindy was preceded in death by a son, Timothy Ray Ward; and a sister, Nona Sarracino.
A time of visitation and support for family and friends will be from 5 to 8 p.m. this evening at Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home.
Traditional Acoma Pueblo services and burial will be Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, at Mount of Peace Cemetery, McCartys, N.M. The following Saturday, Oct. 24th, a memorial service will be at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church Fusion in Ardmore.
Service arrangements have been entrusted to Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home and Crematory, where condolences may be sent online to the family at www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com.