Nellie Ward died at home Sunday, May 12, 2013, at 87 years of age. She was born in Tama, IA, on June 6, 1925.
A traditional singing service was held Monday, May 13, at the Bear Clan Ceremonial House, and the burial service will be held at the Chapel Hill Gardens Cemetery, Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 9 a.m.
Nellie was a veteran of the United States Army serving as a nurse and retiree of the Northwestern Bell Telephone Company. She was fluent in 3 languages: Meskwaki, Winnebago and English.
She is survived by her nephews; Nathan (Gayla) Bear, Clayton Ward, V. Chester Davenport, Jr., Denny Benson, Leonard (Barbara) Johnson, Ernie (Iris) Roberts, Dean (Hattie) Whitebreast; Her nieces Marie (Bob) Brown., Gayle (Aaron) Walker and Louise Youngbear.
Proceeded in death by her mother; Annie Green, father; John Bear; brothers, Valentine Davenport, Sr., Homer Bear, Sr. and her sisters Grace Benson, Mamie Caesar and Anna Oldbear.