Fred and Betty Ward

Fred and Betty Ward

A scrapbook that Gertrude “Betty” Ward started in 1941 to document the lives of her and her husband Fred during World War II now lives in the Sargent Memorial Collection at the Slover Memorial Library in Norfolk. While Fred was deployed with the Navy, Betty kept telegrams, letters, ads, newspaper clippings and photos detailing the war years. She worked for the Singer Sewing Machine Company, as a Western Union telegraph operator and at a fuse factory in California while her husband served on Navy ships. The Wards later settled in Virginia Beach where Betty, a College of William & Mary graduate, taught English at Princess Anne High School for 19 years.

Betty Ward died in 1996. By the time Fred passed away in 2011 at age 92, the Wards’ only daughter and grandson were also deceased, but Fred had wisely made plans in his will to use his estate to create a scholarship fund in memory of his wife if he had no remaining living relatives. The Gertrude Ward Scholarship is for students from Virginia Beach with a preference for students from Princess Anne High School or students majoring in English.