Celebration of Life Annie M. Ward

May 1, 2020

Annie M. Ward 

Annie M. Ward 
June 29, 1925 – April 19, 2020

Saturday, May 2, 2020
Visitation: 10:00 a.m.
Online Service: 11:00 a.m.

View Service Live on the Internet:  CLICK HERE
Dial in Number: (425) 436-6260
Passcode:  203 5572#

Marshall-March Funeral Home of DC
4217 9th Street, NW Washington, DC 20011

Annie M. Ward was born June 25, 1925 in Washington, D.C. to Mary Rush and James Ward. Annie was the oldest of four children, Edith Joyner, Lillian Mc-Morris and Billy Ward; her parents and siblings preceded her in death.

Annie and her siblings were brought up in Abbeville, GA (about 75 miles south of Macon) where they attended grammar and high school. After high school, Annie attended Paine College in Augusta, GA, studying nursing. She returned to DC with her siblings around 1945.

She had a passion for serving others and did so in ways such as caring for their personal needs with hot meals, doing laundry, house cleaning and driving. She cooked for a lot of people and made desserts from scratch (a prerequisite for being in a southern household).

During the 1950s, she relocated to Philadelphia, PA. Annie spent nearly a year inside of a local Church of God in Christ, praying and fasting daily. It was in Philadelphia that she had an encounter with the Lord and a woman of God emerged.

It was also around this time that she met the late prayer warrior, Mother Thelma Bady. Around 1960, Mother returned to Washington, DC and placed her lot with the Kelsey Temple COGIC under the pastorate of Bishop Samuel Kelsey.

She was a prayer warrior and served as president for the Washington, DC jurisdiction, district and local churches, and a member of the national and international prayer teams.

She was also a member of the Missionary Department working locally with the churches.Her committed service to Kelsey Temple for many years included daily 6:00 a.m. weekday prayers, monthly weekend shut-ins, as well as an annual shut-in the last week of September with fasting and prayer. During those powerful meetings, souls were saved and delivered; lives were changed, transformed and renewed. At the end of each “shut-in”, she and a few others would prepare and serve her famous “sanctified soup”.

Annie was appointed to the Mothers’ Board by Elder Fred D. Morris, Sr., Pastor of Kelsey Temple Church of God in Christ in the late 1990's. At her death, she had served 60 plus years as an active member.

Mother Ward’s sweet spirit, loving kindness, her commitment to family and friends will be cherished by her cousin Raleigh Turner, nieces and nephews, many God-children, and a host of relatives and friends.