Friday, August 26, 2016

Funeral Services for former PVAMU Extension Agent Elaine Ward

The Prairie View A&M University family is in mourning over the passing of Elaine Alexander Ward on August 20, 2016 in Houston, Texas.

Funeral services for Miss Ward are as follow at the Gospel Way Missionary Baptist Church, 3307 Bella Vista St. Houston, Texas 77022 on Saturday, August 27, 2016 – Visitation at 9:00 AM - 10:45 AM followed by the Funeral Service at 11:00AM. The burial will be at the Paradise North Cemetery, 10401 W. Montgomery Rd. Houston, Texas.

Elaine Alexander, affectionately was known as “Laine” to those that loved her, was born on May 28, 1951, in Houston, Texas to Daniel and Frankie Lee Alexander, their loving first-born.

At an early age, Elaine accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior and was baptized at Mt. Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church. She had a zeal for Christ and that was the foundation for how she led her life as a servant to others. Her dinner table was open to all who were hungry, troubled, in need, or simply just stopping by to fellowship. Elaine was obliged to be a counselor, social worker, nurse, prayer partner, confidant and friend. The matriarch of her family, her siblings admired her and looked to her as a second mother.

Her formal education commenced at J.D. Burrus Elementary School, followed by her graduation from Booker T. Washington High School in 1969. Being the ambitious leader that she was, she went on to pursue a higher education at Prairie View A&M University obtaining a bachelor’s degree in home economics. She furthered her education by completing her master’s degree in early childhood development at the same institution. Elaine began her career in high school education and went on to further her professional aptitude at the Cooperative Extension Program at Prairie View A&M University, where she served in various educational roles for thirty-seven years.

In 1975, she happily wed Everett Bickems, who was called home shortly after marriage. Thereafter, she met and married Barry E. Ward, Sr. in 1977, and to this union two children were born, Eboney Arnae’ and Barry Eugene. Later in her life along with Arnold Brown, she gave birth to a baby girl, Angeil Elaine. Elaine’s children were the light of her life. She ensured all of her wisdom and knowledge was instilled in them. Her grandchildren, Barry (15), Tailyn (15), Brendan (14), Imri (10), Baleigh (7), Amari (7), Brielle (1) and her unborn grandson were the beat of her heart. She lived to love them and spent her time making them happy by spoiling them with every gift under the sun.

Elaine was preceded in glory by her parents, Frankie and Daniel Alexander, three brothers, Daniel Alvin Alexander, Jr., Carleton Alexander, Marvin Alexander, and two aunts, Willie Lee and Jessie Lee Dunn.

In cherished memory and legacy, Elaine leaves her children, Eboney Hadnott (Wearold), Barry Ward II (LaTricia), Angeil Washington (John), seven grandchildren, one unborn grandson, two sisters, Gwyn Bowens (Charles) and Angelia Smith, three brothers, Fred Solomon, John Ervin (Seiko) and Norris Alexander (Nichelle). She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, surrogate children and many friends.

2016 Data from Carl Barnes Mortuary, Houston. Texas.

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