In loving memory of

Loretta Ward
January 12, 1946 - July 28, 2020

MUSCATINE, Iowa - Loretta Ward, 74, passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at her home.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, 2020, at the First Baptist Church in Muscatine. The Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church and Iowa City Hospice. Online condolences may be made at
Funeral Service will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, 2020 at the church. Reverend Matthea Haecker from First Baptist Church will officiate.

Loretta was born on January 12, 1946, in Martin, Kentucky, the daughter of Ed and Betty Stephens Hunter. She first married Gordon Ousley. They later divorced. She then married Michael Ward on May 25, 1984, in Pierceton, Indiana.

She worked in the jewelry sales department at Walmart. Loretta was always dressed in nice clothing. She loved spending time with her family and friends. Springtime was Loretta's favorite time of the year because it reminded her of the resurrection.

Loretta is survived by her husband, Michael Ward, of Muscatine; four children, Mary Ponce of Muscatine, Gary Ousley of Indiana, Chad Ousley of Indiana, and Michelle Ousley of Indiana; seven grandchildren; and 17 great grandchildren; nieces; and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one great grandson, Kyler Gordon; three sisters, Eveline, Dorothy "Dot", and Mary; and one brother, Parley Lorne.


Tina Szasz wrote on Jul 30, 2020:

"I could never my Great-Aunt Loretta although that is what Great-Grandma & Grandpa named her. Mike my deepest condolences are with you!!! Sissybug was as blessed to have you as you were to have her. She was sweet, loving, & So very kind. Sissybug your passing has left a huge hole in my hear but like you, I believe in Heaven and the words of our Lord and I know we will meet again. Until we meet again my sweet Auntie. Love always, Tina"

Lora clingerman wrote on Jul 29, 2020:

"I'm so sorry to hear of her passing. I shared alot of laughs with her. Back in the day (80's) her favorite saying was I HEARD THAT!!! LMAO she was a hoot. I love you loretta. Tell my mom I said hi and I miss each and everyone of you!! Until the next life. Hugs wrapped around you!! Lora Babcock Clingerman"

Orrin & Marilyn wrote on Jul 29, 2020:

"Mike, so very sorry for the loss of your life?s love. We will be with you in spirit only because of COVID-19. Our Son Chris has had cancer and we cannot take the risk coming to the church. I hope we can see you soon in a more private setting. Just know we are with you in our thoughts and prayers. Orrin & Marilyn, all our Love.."

Gayle Ewing wrote on Jul 28, 2020:

"My heart is broken. Loved Loretta very much. My thoughts and prayers are with Mike and her family. Gayle Ewing. "