Mrs. Karen Sue Hicklin Ward, 65, of Valdese, passed away on Monday February 20, 2023 at Wendover House, Hospice of Cleveland County.
Karen was born on September 21, 1957 in Knox County, Tennessee to Bille Sue Kinlaw Hicklin and the late Robert L. Hicklin. She was retired from Valdese General Hospital, where she worked in housekeeping for many years.
In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Gary Dean Ward.
Survivors include her mother, Billie Hicklin of Kings Mountain, two sons, Dwayne Ward and wife Tanya of Valdese, and Daryl Ward and wife Heather of Marion, and a brother Clifton Lane Hicklin and wife Barbara Jean of Blacksburg, SC. Also surviving are her grandchildren; D.J. Ward and wife Stacy, Wesley Ward, Ivey Dean Ward, Nikalus Ward, and Karalynn Shea Ward, and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2023 at 3:00 P.M. in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, from 2:00 until 3:00 P.M. at Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese.
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Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the Ward family.