Cindy Rae Ward was born on Sept. 28, 1969, in Vancouver. She went to school in both Vancouver and Castle Rock and graduated from Columbia High School in 1988.
She met her husband of 25 years, Bill Ward Jr., in White Salmon and the couple wed in November 1988. They lived in Vancouver, where their first son, Bo, was born. Bill was transferred with the phone company to Poulsbo, then later to White Salmon, where their son Ben was born. When the boys were in Middle School, twins Abbi and Allie arrived. Cindy was a loving mother to the four children and partner to her husband until her recent divorce. She lived, worked and played in the Gorge most of her adult life.
While caring for her family and working, she earned her practical nursing certification, Columbia Gorge College Early Childhood Education credits, EMT, and completed required Providence Hospital Administrative Courses. She always worked hard: Vancouver Nursing Home; in-home day care when the boys were little; Rug Rats community child care with her mother, Sally Husbands; Tad Conner’s Law firm; Best Western Hood River Inn; Crazy Pepper Restaurant; Providence and Skyline hospitals; and most recently the Columbia Gorge Hotel.
She was a “happy people person,” spunky, energetic and caring. She was especially loved by the many little children who spent hours In her care while their parents were at work.
Cindy had many interests and hobbies: hiking, reading, sailing, entertaining, creative cooking, home décor and children’s crafts.
She was a past president of Soroptimists and had been active in Whitson P.T.O. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
Cindy suffered heart failure on June 16, 2013. She was air lifted to Emanuel in Portland where efforts to save her failed. Family and friends kept vigil. She was returned to White Salmon under the care of friends, Hospice and special companion Jonathan Coltrane. She passed away July 5, 2013. Cindy was an organ donor.
In addition to the Bill Ward Jr. family, Cindy is survived by her mother Sally Husbands and her stepfather; sister Wendy Krieger and husband Johnathan and son Derrek; brother Andy Husbands; and relatives in the Vancouver area.
Those wishing to honor her memory may donate to the White Salmon Schools Cindy Ward Fund, PO Box 157, White Salmon, WA. 98672. This will be directed to a kid care fund for needy children entering kindergarten.
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