Sunday, February 21, 2021

Ouida Mitchell Ward

Ouida Ward, 92, passed away on February 21, 2021, at Winston Medical Center Nursing Home in Louisville, Mississippi. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 24 in the Nowell-Massey Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jeff Holland, Rev. Junior Davis, and Bobby Shields officiating. Visitation will be the day of the service from 10 a.m. until service time at Nowell-Massey Funeral Home in Louisville. Interment will immediately follow the service in Memorial Cemetery.

Ouida, the only child born to A. C. and Zelma Sanders Mitchell, arrived on July 2, 1928. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Louisville. Ouida was a graduate of Louisville High School and was a member of the School Debate Team that won many honors at the state level of competition. She began her working career at Mineola’s Jewelry Store in Louisville. Soon afterwards she worked for Walter Fuller Baker’s Construction Company. Later Ouida retired from her 38-year career at the Coca Cola Bottling Company working in both the Louisville and Starkville locations. She loved animals especially her dogs. She was an excellent seamstress, even though she had vision in only one eye due to a childhood incident. Ouida enjoyed making bedding, window treatments, clothing, and pillows with showmanship of fine detail. Ouida also was a collector of dishes and she enjoyed keeping newspaper clippings of local events that were of interest to her. She was very creative and loved to travel in the United States.

Ouida is survived by two first cousins: Joan Agent of Louisville, Mississippi, and Jean King of Madison, Mississippi, as well as a host of other cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years Norris D. Ward and her parents.

Memorials in honor of Ouida may be given to First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 547, Louisville, MS 39339.

Services are under the direction of Nowell-Massey Funeral Home, 724 N. Columbus Avenue, Louisville, MS. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by signing the guest register at