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Thelma Louise Wards, 86, Overland Park, Kan., passed way June 17, 2013.

In honor of Thelma, a family visitation is planned for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 20, 2013, at the D.W. Newcomer’s Sons Overland Park Chapel 8201 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66204. A funeral service is set for 10 a.m. Friday at the chapel. Burial is set for noon Friday at Woodlawn Cemetery, Pomona.

Thelma was born May 4, 1927, to Robert H. Jones and Ida May (West) Jones.

Her family was very important to her, and she was a loving mother, grandmother and a great-grandmother. To many, she was the most perfect woman that ever lived and she will be greatly missed by all those whose lives she has touched.

Thelma was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Aaron Wards; three brothers, Marvin, Berl, Roy Jones; sister, Juanita Jones; nephew, Robert Henry Jones; two nieces, Edith and Donna Jones; two grandsons, Ray Alan Wards and Mario Venezia and one granddaughter; Nancy Elizabeth Wards.

Survivors include three children, Ray A. Wards and wife, Janice, Donald E. Wards and wife, Leah, and Doris M. Wards; Life-time friend, Cindy McGill. Among her survivors are 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She is also survived by two nieces, June McCoy and husband, Joseph, and Vista Hanson and husband, Frank, both of Ottawa; and several great- and great-great nieces and nephews, as well as many cousins.

The family request memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, be sent to Kansas City Hospice House at 12000 Wornall Road, Kansas City, Mo., 64145.

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