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Doris E. (Headings) Ward Prater

January 16, 1921 ~ March 13, 2020 (age 99)


Doris E. Ward Prater, 99, passed away on March 13, 2020, at Mary Rutan Hospital, Bellefontaine, Ohio. Born in Logan County on January 16, 1921, to Jesse M. and Hazel M.  Stutzman Headings, Doris was welcomed to the family by her brother, Boyd V. Headings.

Mrs. Prater was graduated from DeGraff High School class of 1939 and from the Springfield City Hospital School of Nursing in 1943 earning her license as a registered nurse. On December 18, 1942, Doris married Stewart R. Ward in Covington, Kentucky. After 58 years, Stewart preceded Doris in death on August 15, 2000.

A lifelong member of the Philadelphia Lutheran Church, Doris taught Sunday school classes, was a member of the Ladies Aid Society, served as communion steward and vacation bible school teacher. In the early 1940’s, Doris was employed at Wilson Memorial Hospital and in the early 1970’s at Mary Rutan Hospital. Doris devoted most of her adult life raising her children, supporting her family, and participating in the daily operation of the family farm.

On April 15, 2002, Doris was married to Russell I. Prater, who survives in West Liberty. She and Russell enjoyed their senior years together, first in Marion, Ohio then as residents of the Green Hills Community.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, her daughter, Kathy R. Ward, her first husband, Stewart R. Ward, and her son-in-law, Neil E. Dawson.

Doris is survived by Michael R. (Sheila) Ward of Bellefontaine and their son Christopher Ward, Dennis L. (Sherry) Ward of Waterville, and his children, Stacey R. (Chris) Beckner and Steven R. (Erika) Ward, Deann Y. Ward of Yellow Springs, Mark D. (Teresa) Ward of DeGraff, and his children Alison (Chris) Adams, Elizabeth (Steven) Wolf, and Rebekah (Lance) Troyer. Doris is also survived by her husband, Russell I. Prater and his children, Stephen (Nancy) Prater of Dublin and Mark (Susan Roush) Prater of Wakefield, Rhode Island and their son Christopher. Mrs. Prater is survived by 4 additional grandchildren, Beth (Mark) Collins, Michelle (Kelly) Taylor, Jill Worrell and Kellea (Sean) Wilkinson, 26 great grandchildren and 6 great, great grandchildren.

Friends and family are invited to a visitation with Doris’s family from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home in West Liberty.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at the funeral home with Pastor Ken Neighoff officiating.

Burial will follow the funeral service at the Fairview Cemetery in West Liberty, Ohio.

Doris asked that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name be made to Philadelphia Lutheran Church, 5506 Township Road 201, Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311 or to a charity of the donor’s choice. 

The arrangements are in the care of the staff of the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home in West Liberty.

(authored by the family)



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March 17, 2020

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home of West Liberty
101 Zanesfield Road
West Liberty, OH 43357

Funeral Service
March 18, 2020

10:00 AM
Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home of West Liberty
101 Zanesfield Road
West Liberty, OH 43357


Philadelphia Lutheran Church
5506 Twp. Rd. 201, Bellefontaine OH 43311

Charity of donor's choice

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