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Marie Anne Ward, 75, of Carlton, Minnesota passed away on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at her home. Marie was born in Duluth, MN on November 25, 1942 to Leo and Anna (Martinson) Hicks. She was raised in the Carlton, MN area and graduated from Carlton High School. She later married Fredrick Ernest Ward, II.
Marie worked for Conwed, Jeno’s, and retired from Diamonds Brands in 2008. She loved working in her garden, bird watching, crocheting blankets, and enjoyed going to all church functions. Marie cherished being with friends and family and, especially, spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Marie was preceded in death by her mother, Anna Hicks; father, Leo Hicks; and brother, Ronald Hicks.
She is survived by her children, Douglas (Melissa) Ward, Frederick (Teresa) Ward, David (Denise) Ward, Anna Earls, Tina (Wally) Randa, Maria Milberger; special daughter, Jenn (John) Smallman; 20 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren; sister, Shirley (James) Shaleen; several nieces and nephews; and special dog, Dusty.
A celebration of life for Marie will be held Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 5:00 PM with a gathering of friends and family beginning at 4:00 PM at the New Life Community Church, Carlton, MN. A reception will follow at the church. Arrangements are by Souder-Handevidt Funeral & Cremation Service, Cloquet MN. (www.handevidtfh.com)