Obituaries

Steven C . Ward, 69, died Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. He was born Jan. 27, 1946, in Denver. He was a horse farrier. Survivors include his significant other, Ila May Green; sons, Beau (Wendy) Ward, of Omaha, Neb., and Eli (Katherine) Ward, of Kansas City; daughter, Farah (Mark) Guetter, of Minden, Iowa; brothers, Wes (Karen) Ward, of Denver, Mike (Robin) Ward, of Sylvan Grove, and Scott (Charilee) Ward, of Wilson; and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. Celebration of Life was held Saturday, August 22, at Luray Community Center, Luray. Memorials may be made to Luray Senior Citizens Center. Rodrick & Minear, Luray, handled the arrangements.

Claudia Mae Griggs, 91, of Salina, formerly of Tescott and Culver, passed away Thursday, July 30, 2015, at Salina Regional Hospital. Claudia was born Feb. 24, 1924, in Lincoln, where she lived until she moved to California to work as Rosie the Riveter in an airplane factory. In October 1944, she returned to Lincoln for a vacation. During this time she met Harvey Griggs, of Tescott. On Nov. 19, 1944, Harvey and Claudia were married in Ellsworth. They remained married for more than 70 years. Claudia was a housewife and a loving and devoted mother. She was active as PTA president for Tescott Schools, district president of the American Legion Auxiliary, and local president of Tescott American Legion Auxiliary, where she was a member of Unit 255 for 47 years. She was a lifetime member of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars. In addition to these activities, she found time to sell Avon, teach Bible school and raise three children. Claudia is survived by her husband, Harvey Griggs, of Salina; brother, Donald (Jo) White, of Lincoln; daughters, Connie (Nick) Conforti, of Oak Brooke, Ill., and Kim (Boyd) Volker, of Stafford; son, Herbert (Bonnie) Griggs, of Tescott; eight grandchildren, Tina Bischoff, Tonya Hoyt, Janette Griggs, Heath Griggs, Trisha Griggs, Kristen Knight, Erica Solko and Lauren Volker; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and eight brothers and sisters, Hank White, Betty Hall, Alvin White, Charles White, Keith White, Edna Meyer, Joseph White and LeRoy White. Funeral service was Monday, August 3, at Ryan Mortuary. Burial followed in Franklin Cemetery, Tescott. Memorials may be sent to the American Heart Association or Unit 255 American Legion Auxiliary of Tescott.