DELORES J. WARD - (1941-2019)
Delores Ward (Sandoval), 77, of Blue Springs, MO, (formerly of Sidney, NE) ended life’s journey Saturday, March 9th, 2019. She is now eternally whole with Jesus. Cremation has taken place. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, April 13th, 2019 at First United Methodist Church in Sidney with Pastor Corey Jenkins and Pastor Pete Morgan officiating. Private inurnment will be held at Greenwood Cemetery. There will be a luncheon at the Lodgepole Valley Youth Camp, Sidney, NE following the services. You may view Delores’ Book of Memories, leave condolences, photos and stories at www.gehrigstittchapel.com.
Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of Delores’ care and funeral arrangements.
Delores was born in Lafayette, Colorado September 25, 1941, to Jose and Rita Sandoval (Dominguez). She was the first of eight children born to this union. Delores spent the beginning of her childhood in rural Colorado primarily living in Greeley on a farm with her large family. After her parents divorced, she and her siblings moved to Denver with their mother, Rita. There, they lived close to her grandparents, Basilio, and Isadora Dominguez. Delores attended North High School and was forced to drop out & contribute to the care of her siblings. Delores met her future husband, Ernest John Ward, through her friend and his cousin, Gerri Ortiz Truskett. They married on January 18, 1962. Dee & Ernie (as most knew them) built their life and family in Denver. They welcomed their first child, Ernest John, into the world on October 24, 1962, followed by their daughter, Deneane Marie, born June 4, 1964, & Joseph Lee, their final son whom they believed to be the last of their children, born December 18, 1965. In 1972, the family of five moved to California. There, Delores genuinely enjoyed raising their three children. She developed a passion for her children’s activities and was deeply involved in everything they were. Much to their surprise, Dee became pregnant with their final child, a daughter, Dana Elizabeth born on December 11, 1977. In 1979, Dee & Ernie divorced. Delores and her four children moved to Sidney Nebraska where she was reunited with her mother and her sisters Lorraine, Stella and Debbie. In Sidney, her education became a priority. She decided to finish her education and graduated high school with her eldest son Ernie in 1981. She began working for Cabela’s Distribution Center, working there for 21 years, until her first retirement. Retirement, not keeping her busy enough led to jobs at a nursing home and Sapp Bro’s. However, Cabelas is where she wanted to be and returned to their retail store in 2002. In 2013, Delores moved to Brighton, Colorado to be near her son Joe, and her daughter Dana and their families. There she continued to work for Cabela’s retail in Thornton. Upon her diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s, she officially retired in January 2015. She traveled frequently between Brighton and Blue Springs, Missouri to spend time with all of her children. In late 2015, she moved to Blue Springs, Missouri full time to be with her daughter, Deneane and her family. She enjoyed shopping, traveling to see her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She would never miss out on a game or any event they were involved in. Everyone who spent any amount of time with her knew that. She loved visiting all of her extended family. She was a huge fan of the Denver Nuggets and every team Alan Iverson played for. She also became a Knicks fan while following one of her favorites, Carmelo Anthony. She loved reading her bible, drinking Coca Cola, munching on Lays chips and had the sweetest tooth around.
She is survived by her Aunt Daisy Rodarte (Alex) of Brighton, CO, Her siblings Stella Virgil (Rudy) of Sidney NE, Rudy Sandoval (Rose) of Morrison, CO, Lorraine Knapp (Ron) of Sidney, NE, Joe Sandoval (Denice) of Golden, CO, Judy Gonzales (Eddie) of Denver, CO, Deborah Virgil (Daniel) of Sidney, NE. Her daughter Deneane Hyde (Steve) of Blue Springs, MO. Son Joseph Ward of Peetz, CO. Daughter Dana Leschnik (Andrew) of Commerce City, CO. Grandchildren in order of birth, Amy Torres, Alecia Ward, Andrea Ward, Carlos Campos, Diandra Ward Geiger, Joshua Ward, Audrey Ward, Jordan Ward, Darrion Geiger, Derrick Hyde, Bralynn Heuck, Drew Hays, Dayson Leschnik, Declyn Leschnik and HayLee Ward. Great-Grandchildren, Miguel Hernandez, Luis Hernandez, Analicia Hernandez, Alex Hernandez, Adrian Ward, Anthony Ward, Aaliyah Ward, Andre Ward, Ayvah Mortenson, Ilah Campos, Isaac Campos, Nathan Medina, Lily Romsa, Dammien Geiger, Drayton Geiger, and Delilah Geiger. As well as, numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Delores was preceded in death by her mother Rita Sandoval, baby brother Robert Sandoval, granddaughter Ashley Marie Ward, niece Jackie Marie Garcia, niece Leonette Marie Virgil and her beloved son, Ernest John Ward.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of American (AFA). We want to thank Shangri La Rehab and Living Center and Kindred Hospice in Blue Springs for the wonderful and loving care they gave our mother, Delores.