Laura Elizabeth Dales Ward, age 29 of Marion, passed away Sunday, June 9, 2013 at Smyth County Community Hospital in Marion.
She was born in Richlands and was the daughter of Mona Marie Dowell of Pulaski, and Ralph Dales of Cedar Bluff. She was a class of 2000 graduate of Abingdon High School in Abingdon. She was a typist for the Trading Post in Pulaski. Beth was gifted with many artistic abilities. She loved playing her guitar, drawing and painting. She especially enjoyed being a makeup artist. She loved the outdoors and lived with a free spirit.
She was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Spencer and Virginia Dowell; paternal grandfather, Jarrett Dales and one uncle, David Dales.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Donny Ward of Richmond; one son, Elijah Reece Ward of Richmond; one sister, Jenny Dales Koslow of Cedar Bluff; paternal grandmother, Evelyn Davis Dales of Claypool Hill; six aunts, Carolyn Lowe, Marilyn Altizer, Sherry Jones, Joann Lindsay, Mary Jane Blankenship and Julia Ann Dowell; one uncle, William Dowell; three cousins, Timothy Lowe, Nikki Elswick Jessee and Britt Altizer; special friend, Whitney Mabe of Marion, and a host of cousins and friends also survive.
Funeral services for Laura will be conducted Thursday, June 13, 2 p.m. at Hurst-Scott Funeral Chapel, Richlands, with the Rev. Annette Warren officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhills Memory Gardens, Claypool Hill. Pallbearers will be: Tim Lowe, Tim Altizer, George Bowen, Timothy Lowe, and William Dowell.
The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6–9 p.m. at Hurst-Scott Funeral Home, 1401 Second St., Richlands, Virginia 24641.
Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Richlands is in charge of arrangements and those wishing to express sympathy online may do so at HYPERLINK “http://www.hurstscottfuneralhomes.com” \t “_blank” www.hurstscottfuneralhomes.com.