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ISLAND SUN - SEPTEMBER 25, 2015
Barbara T. Ward of Fort Myers,
Florida went to be with her Lord on
September 19, 2015. She was the
only child of Catherine and Norfleet Tyer
of Norfolk, Virginia, who each preceded
her in death.
It was in Norfolk where she met and
married her childhood sweetheart, Wel-
lington Ward, in 1956. Her husband
knew her for 70 years, having met her
when she was only 10 years old.
Their love for one another bore them
two sons, Sam and Ben. The two of
them, Sam wed to Janine and Ben wed
to Shawn, brought to the family five
grandchildren. Tara, Andrea and brother
Brad were part of Sam’s family and Ben
had two daughters, Jordyn and Taylor.
They were always fond of Barbara be-
cause to know Barbara Ward was to love
Along with the respect and love paid
to her was the fact that she was well
known as an educator within the Lee
County School System. After spending
nearly half of her time in the classroom,
she became the assistant principal at
Tice Elementary School for one year and
spent the next 18 years as principal at
She retired in 1997 but not before
guiding Sanibel to Blue Ribbon School
status. That, of course, was a national
honor meaning that the school was
considered one of the best in the coun-
try. Aside from the prestige of the award
given the school by this posture, there
were also other grand programs that she
created and developed that kept the city
of Sanibel proud.
While she was principal of The Sanibel
School, Barbara was voted Sanibel’s
Woman of the Year. Here she was driven
in a convertible along the roadway in the
4th of July Parade.
Held each year, The Sanibel Shell
Fair piqued her curiosity and led her to
showcase the school’s children with their
abilities to man the many booths needed
to educate the public. Much information
was released to the crowds, which was
one of the highlights of the event. The
school’s goodwill level rose to the top of
Another tool that Barbara unleashed
on her students was its own TV station.
Every day, a choice of the very best of
that day’s happenings was announced
on the screen and enjoyed by all in the
Another crowd pleaser was to see the
principal, Barbara Ward, wearing her
colorful baseball cap with its matching
jacket. Each was covered with a map of
the world with a destination of the day
to be found and identified for a prize. Of
course, Mrs. Ward would also appear on
camera wearing her outfit.
Creating great feelings were the songs
that she created that were learned and
sung by the children. These songs were
cleverly written and had a good beat with
a great rhythm. They were all songs that
would identify the states by name and
tune. All of the states were learned by the
singing of a song. Everyone enjoyed the
songs while also learning the states.
Sanibel was more than just a proud
community, it was also proud of its
school. It was then and it still is to this
Barbara Ward has remained an inspi-
ration to everyone she has ever come in
contact with and she will be dearly missed
by her family and friends.
A celebration of life will be held at
Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2439
McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers at 11
a.m. on Friday, September 25. Friends
will be received from 9:45 a.m. until the
service begins. Pastor Jeffery Deyoe will
conduct the service. In lieu of flowers,
contributions may be made to Hope
Hospice, 9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort
Myers, FL 33908 or to Covenant Pres-
byterian Church, 2439 McGregor Blvd.,
Fort Myers, FL 33901.
BARBARA T. WARD
Island Seniors At
The Center 4 Life
Meet your friends and make some
new ones at the Center 4 Life.
Browse through the following
activities, then stop by to sign up.
Trash & Treasures Sale will be
back in November. The center is currently
accepting donations of clean, gently
used items. All items are tax deductible.
Bring them to the Center 4 Life Monday
through Friday between 8 a.m. and 3:30
p.m. Please, no books, clothes, shoes,
computers or old TVs. If you have any
questions, call 472-5743.
Page Turners with Ann Rodman
– If you would like to be on the Page
Turners list, email email@example.com
or contact the Center 4 Life.
The featured book for Wednesday,
October 14 is The Boys In the Boat by
Daniel James Brown, #1 on The New
York Times Best Seller List. The Boys in
the Boat celebrates the 1936 U.S. men’s
Olympic eight-oar rowing team.
The featured book for Wednesday,
November 11 is The Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins. This is a physiological
page turner following three women who
cross paths before and after a gruesome
crime. It debuted at number one on The
New York Times ebook fiction list.
Friday Collage Classes with Bea
Pappas – October 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30
12:30 to 3:30 p.m . Pappas teaches an
easy approach to collage, both figura-
tive and abstract. Collage can be worked
from torn magazines, found papers like
book pages or handmade papers. Col-
lage artists: bring a pint of fluid matte
premium, scissors, papers, magazines
and substrates (substrates can be water-
color paper, canvas, canvas board or mat
board). Members are $15, non-members
are $20. Call the center to sign up.
Bridge – Monday and Wednesday at
12:30 p.m. Cost is $2.50 for members
and $5 for non-members. Prizes will be
Mahjongg – Thursday at 12:30 p.m.
Cost is $2.50 for members and $5 for
non-members. Prizes are awarded.
Tuesday Kayaking – October 6 and
22 (weather permitting) at 8:30 a.m.
There is space for 16 people on eight
two-person kayaks and limited space for
those who own their own kayaks. Island
Seniors will provide kayaks, paddles and
life jackets. Bring water, a small snack,
sun lotion, bug spray, sunglasses, towel,
hat and change of clothing. Cost is $5
for members and $10 for non-members.
Advance registration is required.
Classes are available and all ages are
welcome. Cost is $3.75 for members and
$6.75 for non-members. Annual mem-
bership is $20. Sanibel Recreation Center
members must show their membership
card to attend.
The Center 4 Life will be closed
Monday, September 7 in observance of
Happy Hour Fitness – Monday,
Wednesday and Friday at 8 a.m. This
class keeps your brain fit and your heart,
lungs and muscles strong with a combina-
tion of aerobics and muscle conditioning
exercises and balance. Hand weights,
stretch cords and your body weight will
be used. Class begins with a joke and
ends with a positive thought for the day.
Athletic footwear required. Silvia Villan-
ueva is the instructor.
Essential Total Fitness – Monday,
Wednesday and Friday at 9:30 a.m .
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