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Cecil C. Ward

Sun, Dec 17th, 2000
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Cecil C. Ward, 99, formerly of Lanesboro, a writer and former movie projectionist, died Wednesday December 13, 2000, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford, where she had lived since April 1986.

She was born October 1, 1901, in Lanesboro, where she lived all her life until entering the nursing home. In her early years she was projectionist at the State Theater in Lanesboro, and at that time was recognized as the only female projectionist in Minnesota and only one of three in the United States. She also played the piano at the theater. Her writings included 16 novels and many poems, which are now on display at the Lanesboro Historical Preservation Association building in Lanesboro, along with her collection of 2,862 matchbooks. She was proud of the fact she and a brother had traveled by car to all but four of the lower 48 states. Miss Ward was considered the humane society of Lanesboro for 50 years. She worked in Lanesboro at the millinery store, Culbertson Electric and Hank's Cafe, wrote for the Lanesboro Leader and before her retirement was a grocery clerk.

She is survived by nieces and nephews. Two brothers and a sister preceded her in death.

A funeral for Cecil C. Ward was held on Friday, December 15, 2000 at the United Methodist Church in Lanesboro, with the Rev. Marilyn Loken officiating. Burial will be in Lanesboro Cemetery in the spring. Johnson-Riley Funeral Home in Lanesboro was in charge of arrangements.

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