Barbara Gene Brewster Ward was called home by her Savior, The Lord Jesus Christ, on Tuesday, March 24th, 2020, in Mt. Shasta, CA. She was 91 years young. She passed peacefully, without pain, and surrounded by her family.
A Seattle native, Barbara was born to William and Mae Brewster in Washington state on August 3, 1928. Her family then moved to Oroville, CA, where she spent the majority of her childhood. Barbara studied at San Jose State University where she obtained her teaching credential and Master’s Degree. During this time she met and married her husband Phillip Martyn Ward in 1950. They resided in Saratoga, CA, where they raised their four boys and were both involved in elementary education and members of the Saratoga Federated Church and Saratoga Foothill Club.
In 1980, Phillip and Barbara retired, said goodbye to their many friends, and moved to Mt. Shasta, where Phil was born and raised. It was here they started Ward’s Big Foot Ranch B&B. They were described by many as the “perfect hosts.” Along with running the B&B, Barbara commuted to Chico State where she taught and observed student teachers. Later, she continued her mentorships at Simpson University in Redding, CA. In 1999, they sold the ranch and built the house of their dreams near Mt. Shasta Resort.
Barbara was a devoted Christian. She was very involved with the United Methodist Church where she would always be there for meals for the needy, fellowship, fund raising, choir, and any other function. Phil and Barbara were both involved in the College of the Siskiyou’s Community Band for many years, playing the trombone and flute. She was also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Retired Teachers Association, Mt. Shasta “Sons-in-Retirement”, the “Red Hat Society”; she had her ladies “lunch brunch” and various bridge groups and investment clubs. She also enjoyed reading, music, and had an “Emerald Thumb” when it came to gardening. Her love of music was passed down to her sons and grandchildren.
One of her most cherished accomplishments was, at the age of 89, finally getting her book, “Her Name Was Elizabeth” published. The book told the story of her ancestors, on the Brewster side of the family, as Christian Missionaries in the very tumultuous years of China in the late 1800’s to early 1940’s.
A beloved mother, aunt, grandmother and great grandmother , Barbara was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Phillip Martyn Ward, and she is survived by her four sons: Jeffrey Martyn Ward of Mt. Shasta, Gregory (Jann) Brewster Ward of Yreka, Phillip Saylor Ward of Mt. Shasta, and Michael William Ward of Mt. Shasta. She is also survived by her beloved 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
She will be remembered as a woman after God’s own heart, a gentle, kind, tender soul with a servant’s heart of gold and a smile so bright and friendly she could brighten any room. She has touched many lives, showered all with her kindness and will be deeply missed by all that knew her.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that you make a donation in their Mother’s name to the Mt. Shasta United Methodist Church at 312 W. Alma St, Mt. Shasta CA, 96067. In light of the world’s situation a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.