Services: 11 a.m. Saturday at the Steed-Todd Chapel.
Janice Gayle Ward, 51 of Rio Rancho, died Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2005, at her home in Rio Rancho.
Miss Ward was born March 3, 1954, in Clovis to Henry Allen and Dorothy Marie Fisher Ward.
Family members said she was diagnosed with mental retardation at the age of 6. Her parents were charter members of the Curry County Association of Retarded Children.
Miss Ward was a governing board member of the Silver Bullet Civitan Club where she donated many hours helping people in need. She often spent holidays singing with the Salvation Army’s Carolers at Christmas.
Family members remembered her joyous laughter, her feisty nature, and her desire to make things better for everyone.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Mary Joanne Ward Campbell, and a brother, John William Ward.
She is survived by two sisters, Jeannie Marie Ward and her guardian/sister Jennifer Dirindia Ward, both from the Albuquerque/Rio Rancho area; a brother, Joel Denton Ward of the Albuquerque Rio Rancho area; two sisters-in-law, Rose Mary Williams and Lynna Hunter and several aunts and cousins.
A visitation will take place at Steed-Todd Funeral Home from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight. A memorial service is also planned in Albuquerque.
Burial will be at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens in Clovis.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to the ARC of New Mexico, ARCA, Adelante Development Center, Families Plus, RCI, Goodwill, and especially to Dungarvin New Mexico, or a DD provider of your choice, will be accepted by the family.
Arrangements are by Steed-Todd Funeral Home of Clovis.