Wilma Ward, longtime supporter of the Blair School, dies
Wilma Tribble Ward, long a friend and generous supporter of the Blair School, died at her home in Nashville, July 23, 2008. A native of Bedford County, she had resided in Nashville since 1942 and worked as executive assistant to David K. Wilson for 49 years until her retirement in 2003. She provided scholarships for eight students who completed their degrees at Blair. They refer to her fondly as “Grandmother Ward.” In honor of her gifts to Blair, a courtyard was dedicated to her in 2003, and her portrait, painted by Anne Street and donated by David K. Wilson, hangs near the entry to the courtyard. A memorial service was held at the Blair School on Sunday, July 27, 2008, inTurner Recital Hall.A reception followed in the Ingram Lobby.
Scholarship recipient Joseph Sifferd, BMus’99, Law’02, sang, and Betty- Ashton Mayo, BMus’01, also a scholarship recipient, played the harp. Colin Jones, BMus’02, another scholarship recipient, attended. Scholarship recipient Lauren Denney Wright, BMus’00, wrote to say, “I was deeply saddened by the news [of Mrs.Ward’s death]. I know that Mrs. Ward knew how much I loved her and appreciated everything she did for me.”
Mrs. Ward’s body was donated to Vanderbilt Medical School. Memorial contributions may be made to Blair School of Music, 2400 Blakemore Avenue, Nashville,TN 37212.