Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Rebecca Ward Dalton

At 11:06 pm on November 11, 2018, Rebecca Ward Dalton fell asleep in the arms of Jesus; no more heartache, no more pain. She was the second child and first daughter born to Bascom and Maude (Sammons) Mills on September 12, 1918 in Martin County, KY. God blessed her to live 100 years, 1 month, 30 days. She always had a smile and the welcome mat was out for everyone she knew. When anyone visited, they never left hungry. Her grandchildren can attest to that.


In June of 1939, Rebecca married Edsel Ward. They were blessed with 4 children: Paul Douglas, Virginia Lee, Harold Dennis, and Kenneth Edsel. Tragically, Edsel was killed in a coal mining accident in 1951. She raised her children by herself until she met and married James P. J. Dalton in 1961 and he survives her.


Sadly, in addition to her first husband, Edsel, Rebecca was preceded in death by two sons: Paul Douglas Ward and Kenneth Edsel Ward; a grandson: Chad Ward; and a great grandson: Brian Ward. Also preceding her in death were her parents; a son-in-law: Donald Argo; two brothers: Ersel Mills and Arbie Mills; and two sisters: Artie Conley and Irene Boyd.


Rebecca is also survived by her son: Harold Dennis (Kathy) Ward of Ashtabula; a daughter: Virginia Lee Argo of Shelby; a daughter-in-law: Peggy Ward of Tennessee; 14 grandchildren: 21 great grandchildren: and 5 great great grandchildren. Also surviving are a brother: Louis Mills; 3 sisters: Hazel Adams, Nelcie Combs, and Flo Ann Wilson; and a host of precious nieces, nephews, and so many more who loved her dearly.


She was an excellent gardener, both vegetables and flowers, and greatly enjoyed canning.


Rebecca was born again and baptized in 1969. She was a great asset to the United Baptist Church and always let her light shine for all the world to see. Her greatest desire was for her children, grandchildren, and all who would, to get their souls ready to meet God so we all could have that great reunion in Heaven.


Family and friends are welcome on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 3-6 pm at the PENWELL TURNER FUNERAL HOME, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, OH. Additionally, guests are welcome on Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 10-11 am at the Richmond-Callaham Funeral Home, 278 West Main Street, Inez, KY, where funeral services will immediately follow at 11 am. Pastor Tony Blair will officiate, with assistance from Pastor Pat Gilliland and Elder Ronnie Mills, and burial will follow in Boyd Cemetery, Martin County, KY, beside her first husband, Edsel. Memorial contributions may be made to Stone Valley United Baptist Church.


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  1. Debbie Eshelman says:

    To the family:
    We are so sorry to hear about Becky! I always enjoyed visiting with her. She had a long life and now it will go on with the family in heaven! Praying for all of you! Love Debbie and Charlie!

  2. Kevin Hemmerly says:

    My deepest sympathy to the Ward and Dalton Families on the passing of their beloved Mother. May you find comfort in knowing she is resting in the Kingdom of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

  3. John Jackson says:

    Fair winds and following seas… My condolences to all the family and friends.



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