Suzanne Ruth Boback Ward

Suzanne Ruth Boback Ward, born on April 6, 1951, in Poteau, Okla., and passed away on Nov. 22, 2019. Sue was 68 years old and lived in Oologah, Okla. with her husband and high school sweetheart Johnny Ward.   

Sue was one of four children. Living on the farm near Pryor, mom had many memories of growing up to share.  She loved and respected her mom and dad. She enjoyed sharing her memories of them with family.

Sue and Johnie married on Dec. 2, 1968.   After a couple years, Sue and Johnie separated as friends.  Sue married Calvin Huckleby and had two daughters, Linda Sue and Lorianne.  They moved around a bit, but settled in Oroville, Wash.  She worked in the apple warehouses and enjoyed her work and friends.  Calvin and Sue divorced after 20 years.  After Lori, her youngest daughter, passed away in 1992, Sue settled in the Wenatchee area after marrying David Byington.  She started working at the US Post Office in Waterville, Wash.   

Sue enjoyed watching her four grandchildren grow, achieve, and learn. Sue and David divorced and in time Johnie and Sue were reacquainted and realized that their love was just as enduring as it should have been and remarried in 2009.  She worked at the school in Oologah as a custodian until she retired in 2017.

Suzanne fought the breast cancer diagnosis hard.  She is survived by her adoring husband, Johnie Ward; daughter, Linda Sue (Roy) from Brewster, Wash. and grandchildren: Whitney, Sophie, Isaac, and Grant. Also her stepchildren: Zack, Rocky, and Tobie; sister, Cathay Stuart (Broken Arrow); brother, Jimmy Boback (Kenai, AK); many nieces and nephews, and brother and sisters-in-law.

There was a memorial service at the United Methodist Church in Oologah at 11 a.m. on Tuesday the 26, followed by a potluck lunch.

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