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Betty Joline Ward

October 6, 1931 — January 3, 2018

Services for Betty Joline Ward, 86, of Cleveland, Oklahoma will be held 10:00 AM Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Cleveland, Oklahoma with Pastor David Logsdon officiating. Burial will follow in the Woodland Cemetery under the direction of Chapman-Black Funeral Home. Friends may share a memory with the family online at

Betty was born October 6, 1931, in Rush Springs, Oklahoma. She was the daughter of A.D. and Mable Minnie (Burk) Compton. Betty began her education in Rush Springs before moving to California in 1939, where the family established their home; completing her education in Tulare, California. While attending a church function, Betty met her soon to be husband Earnest Carl Ward. They were later united in marriage in Tulare, California on July 18, 1948. Following their marriage, the couple moved to Los Angeles area. During that time, the couple had four children John, David Armetta and Dorothea. They remained in California until January of 1970; at that time, they establishing their home in Cleveland, Oklahoma. In the latter part of 1970, Betty and Ernie purchased Katie’s Café and established Ernie’s Café. They later partnered in Ward’s Restaurant on West Caddo with Phil and Judy Ann Ward. Betty and Ernie then purchased sole ownership of the operation and continued operating the facility with their four children. In 1992, Betty and Ernie fully retired from the restaurant business closing a longtime legacy.

Betty was devoted daily to reading the word of God. She felt that even though she had read the same thing numerous times she kept finding something new to learn from the passages. She was also an avid reader of Readers Digest, how to books as well as murder mysteries. Betty was also an artist doing painting, pencil drawings or just a simple picture with mercurochrome on a boo boo. Betty also loved to have fun. She went on several trips with the senior citizens always being the life of the journey. She would often dress up as someone famous or lead the tour with karaoke; always wanting to make the event fun and eventful. She always loved traveling especially when her family was with her. Holiday times were also very eventful which would follow with board games, cards or Texas 42 dominoes.

Betty was a devout Christian and always wanted those she was around to know about Jesus Christ her Lord and Saviour. It was not uncommon for her to ask if you were saved. It was always her goal to lead those that were unsure of Christ. She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church and Sunday school teacher.
Betty went to be with her Lord and Saviour on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at her home in Cleveland.

Survivors are four children John Ward and his wife Roberta of Owasso, Oklahoma, David Ward and his wife Joyce of Cleveland, Oklahoma, Armetta Ward of Cleveland, Oklahoma; Dorothea Hendricks and her husband Harlin of Jenks, Oklahoma; ten grandchildren; twenty-nine great grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends that will mourn her passing. In addition to her parents Betty was preceded in death, husband Ernie Ward; six sisters Irma Wallace, Mary Pettyman, Opal Canafax, Viola Williams, Edna Simmons, Wanda Pannell; four brothers Robert Compton, A.D. Compton, Jr., Charles Compton, Fred Compton, son in law Frank Chapman and one great-granddaughter Hevinley Chambers.

Pallbearers will include David Chambers, Jacob Schuller, Andy Chapman, Jon Ward, Ricky Ward and Mike Hamilton.

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