Kathleen’s life was filled with children, roping events

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Mass of Christian Burial for Kathleen Ward, 63, of Timber Lake will be 10:00 a.m. MDT Friday, July 18, 2014 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Timber Lake. Burial will be in Timber Lake Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge. Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, July 17, 2014 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church at Ft. Yates with a rosary at 7:00 p.m. CDT. Kathleen passed away, Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Fort Yates IHS.

Kathleen Marie Silk was born September 28, 1950, in Ft. Yates, North Dakota, the daughter of Thomas and Bessie (Jordan) Silk.  She attended the Stephen Board School and Ft. Yates High School but received her GED in 1977.

Kathleen met the love of her life, Jack Ward, in Ft. Yates.  Jack and Kathleen were married on September 10, 1971, at Ft. Yates.  On March 5, 1972, Kimberly Rae Ward was born in Ft. Yates, and they moved to Washington State, where Jack worked for Common Wealth Electric and they spent their first years together.  They then moved to Montpelier, Idaho, where Jackie Sue Ward was born in a Mormon hospital on Aug. 22, 1974.  In 1975, Jack’s father fell ill so they moved to South Dakota and helped run the family ranch at Timber Lake.  On June 10, 1979, Cotton Robert Ward was born in Bismarck, N.D.

Kathleen always had a love for children.  She worked in McLaughlin, Timber Lake and Little Eagle as a Head Start and preschool teacher.  Her last working years were spent working at the Youth Treatment Center in Mobridge.  Kathleen received many honors and rewards working at Head Start that she cherished very much.

Through the years, Kathleen was a weekend secretary and timer for a couple hundred ropings over the years.  She also spent a lot of her time on the road with her husband Jack going to rodeos as well as spending time with her grandkids and being their biggest fan at their sporting events.  Kathleen was also an animal lover.  She loved her cats and dogs and was often seen in her nightgown feeding her cats warm oatmeal on cold winter mornings before going to work.  She also enjoyed going to the casino and playing the slot machines where her luck always showed through.  The last few years, Kathleen took up playing poker, which she loved.  She was even good enough to be second best at the table.

During her time in Timber Lake, Kathleen was a member of the Timber Lake Saddle Club, Timber Lake Altar Society and the American Legion Auxiliary. She will be remembered for her goofy personality and the love and kindness she shared with everyone that knew her.

Grateful for sharing her life are her husband Jack of Timber Lake, two daughters, Kimberly (Kevin) Pinney of Phillip, and Jackie (Dave) Hopkins of Rapid City; one son Cotton (Martina) Ward of Mandan, N.D.  Seven grandchildren, Kenzy Lynn (Chris) Pierce, Kady Sioux, Kaylor Lee Pinney, Ty William Ward, Jewel Jade Ward, Matrix Dee Sandal and Trayshaun Robert Jones-Ward; two great-grandchildren, Ashlynn Tehya Pinney and Chevelle Elizabeth Pierce; five sisters, Jackie Owl, Marilynn Silk, Patricia (Richard) Silk-Hartze, Shelly (Elliot) Ward and Ann Silk. Two brothers, Ron (Kay) Silk, and Red (Reva) Gates.  Brother-in-law Charlie (Becky) Ward, sister-in-law Faye Esser as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Welcoming her home are her parents; two brothers, Michael (infant) and Thomas Jr. Rocky Silk, one sister Betty Silk, one niece, her goddaughter, Joey; and her forever friend, Honey, her dog.  When Kathleen would yell Honey, it was actually Jack that came running when it was actually Honey the dog she was calling.

Casketbearers will be her son Cotton Ward, grandsons Ty Ward and Kaylor Pinney, Larry Jacobs, Adele Enright, Patti Valandra, Derek Long. Honorary Casket bearers, all of Kathleen’s past co-workers, friends and family.  Also special thank you to the Ft. Yates IHS and staff. Cocelebrants Fr. Ron Gerry, Fr. Bryan Sorenson and Brother George Maufort. Special Music is by Janel Biegle.

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