Willene Ward Maddox age 96, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Monday, January 28, 2019 in Mena.
She was born on May 12, 1922 in Heavener, Oklahoma to the late William Henry and Julia Ford Watson. 
Willene started her teaching career in the Fall of 1942, teaching 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades at Eagleton, a part of the Acorn School System. The next year she moved to Acorn where she taught 1st and 2nd grades, as well as teaching Social Studies and Girls Physical Education. 
In the Fall of 1946 she moved to Mena and taught English in Junior High, and later High School English.
The Fall of 1956 she became the Librarian for Mena Public Schools where she spent the last 26 years. She retired from public school 1984. Willene was a Lifetime Member of the Arkansas Education Association. She served two terms on RMCC Foundation Board and was a member of First
Christian Church.
She is survived by step sons: George E. Ward of Thailand and Bill Maddox and wife Shawn of Tulsa, Oklahoma
Step grandsons: Col. Chris J. Ward and wife Heather of White Sands Missile Range New Mexico, Remington Maddox of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Addison Maddox of Tulsa, Oklahoma
Great-grandsons: C.J., Logan, and Gavin Ward of New Mexico
Sisters-in-law: Fredda Thomas of Barnsdoll, Oklahoma and Vivian Whlig of Vancouver, Washington
Daughter-in-law: Yolanda Ward of Caldwell, Idaho
Special friend whom Willene referred to as “the daughter I never had,” Joyce Hoover of Mena, Arkansas 
Special friend and caregiver: Ann Hughes of Mena, Arkansas 
Several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Julia Watson, her husbands John L. Ward, Jr. and Lindon L. Maddox, an infant son William Watson Ward, a brother Merle F. Watson, and sister-in-law Lorene Stockton Watson.
Graveside services will be Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Pinecrest Memorial Park with Brother Phillip Hatley officiating under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.
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1-28-19 4:09 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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