Arlene “Lena” Ward

Arlene Fay Ward, 96, West Scranton, passed away Wednesday afternoon in the Green Ridge Health Care Center where she was currently residing.  Her husband Thomas “Tucker” Ward passed away in 2017.

Born 1928 in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Gurney and Mary Petherick Miller and was a graduate of West Scranton High School.  She was a longtime and devoted member of the Trinity Congregational Church, West Scranton. Prior to her retirement she had been employed as a seamstress.Lena, or Nan as she was known to many, recently celebrated her 96th birthday with her family, or as she would say “almost 97th”. Her family was her top priority, and she relished in any time that her “gang” was all there. She was a devoted wife to her husband Tucker of 67 yearsShe lived her life for the holidays with her family and enjoyed playing bingo, a good turkey dinner, and scratch off tickets.

Also surviving are twin daughters Mary Ellen Gibbs and husband Charles of Nicholson Twp and Marilyn Woehrle and husband William of Scranton; three sons Thomas Ward and wife Helen of Factoryville, David Ward and wife Tammy of Clarks Summit and Jeffrey Ward of Scranton; grandchildren Chad Gibbs, Pamela Manley and husband Gregory, Holly Reilly and husband Trevor, Thomas M. Ward, Jennifer Burns and husband Brandon and Kimberly Ward and her companion Sean;  great grandchildren Liam, Sawyer, Flynn, Rory Arlene; brother Rev. Donald Miller of Tolland, CT. ; nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her sister Belva Edwards and sister-in-law Marilyn Miller. 

Funeral services will be held on Friday June 21st at 11 am in the Trinity Congregational Church 229 S. Main Ave. Scranton officiated by Arlene’s brother, Rev. Donald Miller.

Friends may call Friday morning from 10am until the time of service at the church.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity Congregational Church 229 S. Main Ave. Scranton, PA 18504

Arrangements have been entrusted to and are under the care and direction of the Vanston and James Funeral Home, Scranton.

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  1. Mary Ann West

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Arlene was such a wonderful woman. I can still see her and Tucker sitting on the front porch early in the morning together and she always had a smile. Definitely she definitely will be missed.????????❤️

  2. Barbara Gaughan

    I am so sorry for your loss. she was a great great woman. I loved her very much. She was my favorite aunt besides my other aunt and she was my godmother and I was always with her and my uncle when the twins came I was still with All their love. I’m sorry I missed the funeral, but I didn’t see it until this afternoon, so please forgive me. I will miss you seen her for a while. She was always in my prayers and in my thoughts and I love you all.

  3. JoAnn Latona

    Deepest condolences to the family. As time can only heal our broken hearts the memories are ever clear today and always.

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