Maxine “Micky” Ward, 81, of Cleveland, Tenn., the daughter of Dirk and Kathryn Gezel Rozenberg, was born Feb. 18, 1936, in Monroe. She graduated from Newton High School with the class of 1954. On April 15, 1955, Micky was united in marriage with Jerry Ward. During their 62 years of marriage and moves to several states, she created a strong, loving home environment for their growing family.
Micky will be remembered by family and friends as a caring listener, wise counsel, neighborhood barber, neighborhood vet and a kind heart. She had a unique ability to make everyone feel important and often said that “God Don’t Make No Junk!”
Micky is affectionately known as “Mimi” to all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. After raising her family, she also owned a very successful retail business at multiple locations.
Surrounded by family, Micky passed Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, at a local health care facility, after battling cancer for several years. She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant brother, Wayne Rozenberg.
Those left to honor Micky’s memory include her loving husband, Jerry; sisters, Norma (Dean) Honnold of West Des Moines and Barbara Briggs of Cleveland; children, Jeff (Karen) Ward of Soddy Daisy, Tenn., Lee (Linda) Struble of Rochester, N.Y., Jodi (Alan) Mullinax of Cleveland and Joe Ward of Cleveland; grandchildren, Megan Ward, Andy Ward, Nicholas (Lauren) Struble, Andrew (Karen) Struble, Danielle (Marcus) Lane, Tyler Mullinax, Corey Mullinax, Jake Ward and Carlye West; great-grandchildren, Jimmy Lee Struble, Wesley Struble and Giulian Lane.
The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14 at Companion Funeral Home, 2415 Georgetown Road NW in Cleveland, Tenn.
Final resting place will be in Newton at Newton Union Cemetery where a remembrance of life service will take place at a future date.
Her first comment in her final wishes was “Weep not for me as I will always be with you.” Micky will be sadly missed by her family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland.
You are invited to share a personal memory of Micky or your condolences with her family at her online memorial located at companionfunerals.com. Companion Funeral and Cremation Service and the Cody family are honored to assist the Ward family with these arrangements.