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Kathleen Ward

February 2, 1932 ~ May 3, 2021 (age 89)

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WARD, Kathleen Ladd. Of Hingham, May 3rd, at the age of 89. Previously of 121 Downer Avenue, Kitty died peacefully at her home of nearly three years; Linden Ponds.

Born February 2nd 1932 in Plainfield, NJ. After Miss Hall’s School and Mt. Holyoke College, her early professional career took her to New York City, Toledo, OH and Boston—included stints in advertising, public television and later, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Across her 55+ years in Hingham, Kitty cultivated numerous meaningful friendships, a love of life by the shore that included kayaking, rowing, birding and observing the myriad natural processes from her windows facing Walton’s Cove.

After an eleven year marriage to Philip Ward that produced two sons, (Sam and Tony Ward) her later life included starting her own Community Relations Consulting enterprise, a long relationship with Old Ship Church, a BFA from Mass College of Art and a happy marriage to Duxbury Unitarian minister, the late Robert Walsh. She enjoyed a large extended family from her two marriages and, in addition to her two sons, leaves her brother, Edward Ladd of Dover, MA, a grandson, Emmett Ward of Brooklyn, NY, and two daughters-in-law Karen Zippler-Ward and Geralyn Thompson- Ward.

Kitty led a conscience-driven life marked by concern for others, for issues related to social justice and the climate crisis. Engaged and curious through her final hours, her independent mind and self-defined values left a strong impression on many of those who’d entered her wide circle of friends.

Donations in her memory might be made to Old Ship Church, the Sunrise Movement or the ACLU. 


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