Shirley Ward

April 10, 1935 – Jan. 29, 2022

Shirley Ward, 86, went to join her husband and sister On January 29, 2022, being peacefully welcomed into the arms of the Lord surrounded by the love of her family.

She was born April 10, 1935, in Noblesville, Ind. to Mark and Georgia Hodson. She was raised with her sister, Doris Jean.

Mrs. Ward met her loving husband, Russell, through friends and married in 1955. They welcomed their daughter, Kellie, in 1963. In 1972, after the passing of her sister and brother-in-law, she and Russell welcomed her niece Sharon and nephew Michael into their home, raising them as their own.

Mrs. Ward was a Member of Refuge Christian Church for 55 years. There she was president of the Christian Women’s Circle where she oversaw many of the church’s charity dinners. She was a member of the Extension Homemakers and Hamilton Centers Auxiliary, as well as a Girl Scout troop leader for many years.

Mrs. Ward enjoyed spending her time lovingly sewing quilts for babies and friends, and aprons for servers of Rosie’s Place Noblesville. She loved volunteering her time to help with Good Samaritan Network. Her true happy place was with her family every summer on the beaches of South Carolina.

Survivors include her daughter, Kellie (Terry) Deppert; granddaughter, Shelbie (Brandon) Taylor; great-granddaughters, Josephine and Carsen; niece, Sharon Cook; nephew, Michael Cook; grandson Chris Peters and family; sister-in-law Marilyn Gentry and son, Dan; nephew, Steve (Judi) Kerr; and niece, Debbie Johnson and family.

Family would like to thank Riverview Health and Suburban Health for their love and care. Family and friends who have given support during this journey, she is now resting on the beaches of Heaven.

Visitation is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 4, 2022 at Randall & Roberts Funeral Home, 1150 Logan Street, in Noblesville. Services are scheduled to be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 5, 2022, with an additional visitation scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at the church at Refuge Christian Church, 11772 East 196th Street in Noblesville, with Rev. Stanley R. Sutton officiating. Burial will be at Crownland Cemetery in Noblesville.

Family asks that you wear a mask to protect yourself and others when attending visitation and services.

Memorial donations may be made to Refuge Christian Church, 11772 E. 196th Street, Noblesville, Ind., 46060; or Good Samaritan Network, 12933 Parkside Drive, Fishers, Ind., 46038; or the Humane Society of Hamilton County, 10501 Hauge Road, Fishers, Ind., 46038. Condolences can be made online at