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Donna M. Ward 1934-2012

Donna M. Ward, 78, of Perham, died Nov. 23 at Sanford Health in Fargo, N.D. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 11 a.m. at the Detroit Lakes Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 4-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 at the Schoeneberger Funeral Home in Perham. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the funeral at the church. Burial will take place in the Perham Village Cemetery.

Donna was born in St. Paul, Minn., on May 8, 1934, the daughter of Royale and Eleanor (Stickney) Arvig. She grew up in the Melrose, Minn. area in her preschool years and later moved to Wadena, Minn. In 1950, her father purchased the Perham Telephone Company and the family moved to Perham. On June 8, 1954, Donna was united in marriage to Marvin Ward. Marvin and Donna moved to Michigan where Marvin attended college. After graduating, Marvin got a job working for the Social Security Administration and they continued to live in Michigan. In 1984, they moved back to Minnesota to work in the family business - Arvig Communications; Donna as vice president.

Donna loved to read and was a wonderful homemaker. She worked for Arvig Communications for many years. She loved her church and church family. Donna will be greatly missed by all.

Preceding Donna in death are her parents; brother-in-law, Clint Foreman; brother-in-law, Eugene Ward and his wife Saundra.

Surviving Donna is her husband, Marvin Ward; son, Bruce (Holly) Ward; grandchildren, Kirstin and Madeline; brother, Allen (Carmen) Arvig; sister, Janice (Jerry) Theodorson; three sisters-in-law, Marjorie (Bill) Schnibbe of Oregon, Cleo Foreman of Lacombe, Alberta, Canada and Connie (Kevin) Wellman of Tennessee; many nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

Schoeneberger Funeral Home, Perham, is handling the arrangements. For online condolences, go to