Former Whitesburg resident Ruth Eleanor Peyton Ward, 89, of Lexington, died March 30.
Born in Harlan County to the late George and Lela Peyton, she was the widow of J.T. Ward and a sister of the late Eva Lasley and Edward “Buddy” Peyton.
She was retired in 2005 from the Dawahare Companies and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Whitesburg, having been recognized in 2006 for 50 years of faithful service.
Mrs. Ward had taught the Ladies Sunday School Class until she moved to Lexington, and she and her late husband were instrumental in establishing mission churches for Whitesburg First Baptist Church at Hotspot and Premium.
After moving to Lexington, she became a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.
Surviving are a son, Charles E. Ward and wife Kyleen of Lexington; a daughter, Kaye Ward Hackworth and husband Ken of Lansing, Kan.; four grandchildren, Dr. Kimberly Hackworth Pearl and husband Rich of Basehor, Kan., Matthew Peyton Ward and wife Patty, and Katie Ward, all of Lexington, Kristina Hackworth Wit and husband Casey of Lansing, Kan.; six great-grandchildren, Caroline, Morgan, Braxton and Kyle Ward, and Annabelle and Olivia Wit; a sister, Sarah Lou Hendrickson of Ohio; and a brother, George Peyton, Jr., of Florida.
Funeral services for Mrs. Ward were held April 10 at Milward Funeral Directors in Lexington. Interment will follow at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Bluegrass Care Navigators (hospice), 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, Kentucky 40504; or God’s Pantry Food Bank, 1685 Jaggie Fox Way, Lexington, Kentucky 40511.