Nellie J. Ward

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Nellie  J.

Nell J. Ward

(nee: Richardson)

Joined her heavenly family May 12, 2022 at 96 years young.  Nell was born on July 18, 1925 in Stringtown, Oklahoma.  She was the wife of the late David M.

Nell is survived by her beloved children Ruth Ward, Steve (Brenda) Ward and Robbie (Wayne) Ziesmer.  Proud grandma of David Ward, Rachel (Mike) Brandemuehl, Walt (Sarah) Ziesmer and Sadie (Zuli) Cortes.  Special great-grandma of Remy Brandemuehl, Wilde Ziesmer, and future additions Baby Cortes and Baby Brandemuehl.  Further survived by many loving nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by her parents Walter and Rene (nee: Smith) Richardson, her husband David, four sisters, two brothers, all her in-laws, five nieces and 13 nephews.  She was the last remaining aunt on both sides of her family.

Nell enjoyed sharing stories, especially about her life growing up in Oklahoma, but her favorite topic was her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Her favorite saying was “be honest, respectful and kind.”

Services will be held graveside at

Arlington Park Cemetery (4145 S 27th St, Greenfield) on May 19, 2022 at 11am.

In lieu of flowers memorials are appreciated to her great-grandchildren’s college fund.





  1. Sharon Lewandowski May 16, 2022 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    Nell was indeed the best story teller! I could have listened to her for hours. She made me laugh as she was such a funny lady and I love her with all my heart! ❤️ You will be truly missed, Rest In Peace dear Nell❤️

  2. Ellen Rocque May 16, 2022 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    What an amazing life Nell lived – dearly loved by so many of us. She will be dearly missed, especially as a Mom, Grandma and Great Grandma. I loved her laugh and pure enjoyment of her family.
    Rest In Peace, Nell. ❤️

  3. Penny Howard May 16, 2022 at 9:24 pm - Reply

    Aunt Nel was an amazing woman!! I loved her happy disposition and her love of family!! She was a bright light to all who knew her!!

  4. Donnie and Lynda. Nelson May 17, 2022 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    Aunt Nell will be missed. . We are so thankful for the time we spent last summer with her and Ruthie listening to Aunt Nell tell stories of many memories from Oklahoma and her family. . We laughed and laughed. She was an awesome story teller and could make the best Red Velvet cake you ever had. We know that she is in heaven talking and laughing with Those that went before her. .

  5. Lenora F. DeBord May 18, 2022 at 7:07 am - Reply

    Nell was a long time friend of mine, I hadn’t seen her in years. I lived next door to her Mother and Dad In Kiowa, Ok for several Years and knew all of her Brothers and Sisters.Nell was a good Lady. My name was Lenora Fry at this time,

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