Francis Helen Ward was born to Joseph W. and Mary B. Ward at Unionville, Missouri March 14, 1886, and died at Lostine January 19, 1918, being 31 years, 10 months and 5 days of age.
When about two years old, her parents came to Lostine where she has since lived. She received her education in the Lostine schools. On May 9th, 1909, she was united in marriage to Henry W. Downs and to them was born three children of whom two survive. Grandy Henry, age two years and Sophia Mary, age six months.
These two motherless babes, her husband, her mother, Mrs. Mary B. Ward; three brothers Ober Ward of Marr Flatt, D.C. ward of Pollock, Mo., James C. Ward, Unionville, Mo., and one sister, Mrs. Arthur Hulse of Lostine, are all surivors to cherish in tender memory their loved one.
About twelve years ago, Mrs. Downs became a Christian, affiliating with the Seven Day Adventists. This faith continued even unto death.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Bogue assisted by Rev. Williams on Sunday afternoon and interment was made in the Lostine cemtery.
Card of Thanks
We wish to thank all those who so kindly helped us in the illness and death of our wife, mother, daughter and sister.
Wallowa County Reporter, Wallowa County, Oregon Wednesday, January 23, 1918