Gloria Jean Ward

December 29, 1945 ~ December 3, 2023 (age 77) 77 Years Old

Gloria Ward Tribute

Gloria Jean Ward (Pritchard), 77, of Huntington WV ended her courageous battle with cancer on Sunday December 3rd, 2023, at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House.

Gloria was born to the late Lavera Calfee Pritchard Lilly and Howard Thomas Pritchard in Mullens WV on December 29th, 1945. Gloria was a proud alumna of Marshall University. She not only obtained a bachelor’s degree in education, but also a master’s degree in guidance counseling. Gloria retired from Clear Channel Radio after 22 wonderful years working in advertising, with more friends and treasured experiences than she could count.

However, Gloria’s shining achievement and greatest joy was her family. Gloria tied the knot here in Huntington WV with her soulmate, James Donald Ward, on November 11th, 1989. Together, they built a life they loved. They are now reunited in the Kingdom of Heaven.

She was a devoted mother to Billy Price and Lisa Price Borden, and stepmother to Gemmie Sue Morris, Donald (Kim) Ward, and Fred (Lynn) Ward. She adored being a “Gigi” to her grandchildren, Mason Price, Holly Price, and Grant Borden. Her memory and legacy will be survived and honored by both her children, grandchildren, and treasured cousin Mark Calfee.

Gloria was a social butterfly who loved her family and friends fiercely. She made an instant impact on those she met and brightened every room. She never missed an opportunity to showcase her quick wit and never made anyone wonder what she was thinking. Her absence is deeply felt by all who knew and loved her.

A celebration of Gloria’s life will be held at Beard Mortuary on December 14th from 4-6 pm, with service to follow.

In Lieu of Flowers, please make memorial donations to the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice of Huntington WV or the West Virginia Breast Health Initiative.

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December 14, 2023

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Beard Mortuary
3001 Third Avenue
Huntington, WV 25702

Celebration of Life
December 14, 2023

6:00 PM
Beard Mortuary
3001 Third Avenue
Huntington, WV 25702


Hospice of Huntington
1101 6th Avenue, Huntington WV 25701

West Virginia Breast Health Iniative
317 W. Washington Street, Charleston WV 25302


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