Thorndike, ME – Lila Ward, 93, died peacefully at home April 3, 2015. Lila was born in North Conway, New Hampshire, on October 4, 1921, to Maitland and Alta (Mason) Barter. Soon after her birth, the family moved to Rangeley, Maine where she was raised with a love of the outdoors. Skiing, sailing and bagging peaks were the main activities of her youth. After high school, she attended Thomas College and then worked as a secretary in Stratton, Maine. Soon after Pearl Harbor she joined the Navy WAVES. She was trained in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for naval office work and became a top transcriptionist. She was placed in Washington, DC and became secretary to Lt. Commander John Farrell. After the war, Lila returned to her beloved Rangeley, where she worked as secretary to the school superintendent. In this position, she met teachers Neal and Ginny Ward, who introduced her to Neal’s brother, Frederic, a dairy farmer. Lila married Frederic and moved to Thorndike, Maine. She raised two children (Larry and Judith), excelled in the kitchen and worked magic with plants, while supporting her husband as Selectman through the years. A woman of few words, she nevertheless exhibited a sharp Yankee sense of humor. Lila was a talented artist who painted brilliant watercolors. Listening to the loons, while spending time at the family’s camp at Unity Pond, was a source of great enjoyment. Family activities delighted her. She closely followed the adventures of her three grandchildren (Erik, Serena and Morgan) and even past the age of ninety was known to get down on the floor and play with her great-grandchildren (Ward and Grant). Lila also dominated her family in cribbage. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Frederic Arthur Ward. In memory of Lila, the family asks that you hug a family member (especially an older one). Burial will be private.