Dorothy Ward (1909-2007), widow of C. M. Ward, passes away

Dorothy M. Ward, the widow of Revivaltime speaker, C. M. Ward, passed away on April 17, 2007 at the Bethel Retirement Center in Modesto, California, at the age of 98.

Born on April 3, 1909, in Kansas City, Missouri, she was the daughter of Charles and Hazel Hymes. She met C. M. Ward one summer when he was preaching at Ottawa, Kansas, where she lived. They were married in a double wedding ceremony on December 25, 1929, at Ottawa, Kansas, along with Dorothy’s sister who married Leonard Palmer.

Dorothy Ward assisted her husband as he pastored and evangelized in Canada, taught at North Central Bible College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and pastored again at the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Bakersfield, California from 1945-1953. Then came the move to Springfield, Missouri, where Dr. C. M. Ward became the well-recognized voice of the Assemblies of God Revivaltime radio broadcast for 25 years.

She and Dr. Ward moved from Springfield, Missouri, to Scotts Valley, California in 1973, when he was appointed president of Bethany Bible College (Bethany University) until 1978. In 1990 they relocated to Modesto, California, where they resided at Bethel Retirement Center. Dr. Ward preceded her in death on July 12, 1996.

In 1937 one of Dorothy’s sisters-in-law died, leaving a child behind. The Wards became parents to the young girl, now Martha Jane Sherburne of Florence, Oregon. Dorothy is survived by her daughter Martha Jane; four grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Ruth Williamson. She is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Barbara and Ruth Hymes; several nieces and nephews; and her devoted friend and caregiver, Ethylene Shannon.

A memorial service was held on April 24th at Bethel Church in Modesto. A final memorial will be held in Springfield, Missouri, on May 11, at 1 p.m. in the chapel at Greenlawn Funeral Home North, with burial to follow in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, where she will be laid to rest alongside her husband, C. M. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the C. M. Ward Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 7937, Stockton, CA 95267.

Additional information can be found at Assemblies of God News Service, the Santa Cruz (CA) Sentinel, April 22, 2007, and the Springfield News-Leader, May 8, 2007.

Posted by Glenn Gohr

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8 responses to “Dorothy Ward (1909-2007), widow of C. M. Ward, passes away

  1. Byron Kenerly

    I remember C.M. Ward preached at Heritage Christian Center in Sacramento, on the Holy Spirit and tongues, back in the late 80’s. I didn’t get to meet his wife. He is not forgotten. Praise God for the day I was able to hear this man minister to us youngsters in the Lord. I’m sure his wife was equally a blessing to the body of Christ.

  2. Ron Brouhard

    I have an old tape album from the 12th Deeper Life Conference done by Morric Cerullo back in 1983. The first message I listened to was C.M. Ward. He cracked me up. He talked about the Pentecostal experience & the idea you had to be a little “tipsy, & a little fruity” to be a pentecostal. It was good for me to laugh as I’m still mourning the loss of my wife last April. It was like God had that message set aside for me just when I needed to hear it. Even 26 years later, his words are still blessing people! Pastor Ron

  3. Loralea Grey

    I’m sorry for your loss. I very much need to reach Pastor Ron Brouhard, and am hoping this is the Reverend Ron Brouhard from Oregon. Could you please contact me with any current information.

    Loralea Grey
    loralea@verizon.net

  4. Dr. Brian J. Atra

    C. M. Ward was the finest preacher I ever heard or met. Without Dorothy, C. M. would not have been C. M.

    Dr. Brian J. Atra
    Muddy, Illinois

  5. Maria Mc Coy

    I, remember C M Ward preaching on Revival time many years ago. I, am 75 years of age and God, used his sermons to bring me through many hard times .I, will always be thankful for his ministry.

  6. Joyce Albert

    i dont have a comment as such but i am from Trinidad and was saved at a crusade in the car park ,i am trying to remember when C M Ward visited there can you help me .It may be aproximately 40 years ago

  7. Verna Sherman

    In 1966, I read half of the letters which were directed to C.M. Ward. My desk was adjacent to his secretary’s . His voice was so vibrant that at times I overheard some of his profound replies; a wonderful man. Dorothy was his complement.

  8. Rev. Cary R. Kent

    Several years from the late 50’s to the 60′. I attended the First A/G in Panama City, Fl. Each nite, I would run out of the church after service to hear my favorite Minister and Radio Evangelist. There is none like Rev. C.M. Ward. One of the Greatest speakers, that helped me stay in tune with God. What exciting times it was. Many ministers I talked with wondered why such a mighty man in the A/G, didn’t have availiable books and Cd of Revivaltime. Oh! the messages I heard on this webpage is as refreashing and as needful today as they were then.

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