Joyce Adell Ward, 78, of Chase, passed away April 1, 2018 at Hospital District #1 of Rice County, Lyons. She was born on May 29, 1939 in Pueblo, Colorado, the daughter of Herman and Esther Duke Schlegel. She graduated from Pueblo High School in Pueblo, Colorado with the class of 1957. Joyce has resided in Chase since 1965, formerly of Great Bend, KS. She was a bank teller for Chase State Bank, Chase, and was the Chase City Clerk for many years. Joyce was a homemaker. Joyce was a member of Community Presbyterian Church, Chase, where she served as elder and treasurer; she served on the Chase Festival Committee; and was a member of the Kansas Bowlers Association for 40 plus years. On November 9, 1958, Joyce was united in marriage with Ed Ward in Pueblo, Colorado. He survives of the home. She is also survived by her son, Eddie Ward of Chase; daughter, Tracy and David Wood of Chase; brother, Rick Schlegel of Pueblo, CO; five grandchildren, Tyler Miller, Jaron Miller, Jenna Applebee, Alexis Ward and Dakota Ward; and three great grandchildren, Aubree, Josephine and McKinnley. She is preceded in death by her parents; son, Jerry Ward; grandson, Devin Ward; and brother, Doyle Schlegel. Funeral service will be at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, April 7, 2018 at First Baptist Church, Lyons with Pastor Joel Grizzle officiating. Burial will be at 3:00 P.M., Saturday, April 7, 2018, at Hillcrest Cemetery, Great Bend, KS. Memorials can be made to First Baptist Church, Chase or Community Presbyterian Church, Chase in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons.