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Obituary: Shirley Blanton Ward

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Shirley Blanton Ward, 81, passed away peacefully at her home in Woodstock, Georgia on Friday evening, Aug. 28, 2020, surrounded by her husband Joe and their two daughters. 

Mrs. Ward was born on Dec. 13,1938 in Whiteville, Tennessee to Troy and Lula (Abernathy) Blanton. She graduated from David Lipscomb High School in Nashville and married Joe W. Ward on Aug. 18, 1956 in Spring Hill. 

Shirley was dedicated to her family. Together, she and Joe had two daughters. She enjoyed sewing, reading and volunteer work. 

She was preceded in death by her sister Helen Blanton Wright. She is survived by her husband Joe Ward; two daughters Joy (Frank) Markley of St. Cloud, Florida and Joanna (J) Burnett of Marietta, Georgia; five grandchildren Benjamin Taylor (Arvada, Colorado), Alan Taylor (Littleton, Colorado), Grant Burnett ( Kennesaw, Georgia), Thomas Burnett (Marietta, Georgia) and Annalise Burnett (Marietta, Georgia); and three great-grandchildren Breana Taylor, Jack Taylor and Sam Taylor. 

A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020 at Williamson Memorial Gardens. Visitation is one hour prior to the service. Jim Taylor will be officiating. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association in Shirley’s memory.