She was born on Jan. 27, 1929, in Erie to Mark Warwick and Rose Belle (Cox) Hubbard. She attended school in Erie and Labette Community College.
She married Clyde Clifford Ward on April 11, 1944, in Girard. He preceded her in death on April 24, 1994.
After marriage, they resided in St. Paul, where Elsie was a homemaker and mother of 10 children before becoming a dietary manager working in nursing homes and hospitals in Wichita, Derby and Wellington.
After retirement, she kept busy with volunteer work at Graves Memorial Library, St. Paul schools, Osage Mission Museum and anywhere else she could help. Her hobbies included quilting, oil painting, reading, genealogy, crosswords and playing games with her family. She also was an active participant in the Erie Red Hat Club and a member of United Chapel Church, McCune. While living in Wichita, she was a member of South City Southern Baptist Church.
Survivors include seven sons, Clyde Lee and his wife, Janet (Farris), and Mark Lewis and his wife, Jane (Greve), all of Wichita, David Leroy and his wife, Roxie (Bond), and Jimmy Rogers, all of Diamond, Mo., Steven Lawton and his wife, Barbara (McNair) of Udall, Jeffrey Lee and his wife, Melanie (Alcantar), of Parsons and Lewis Richard “Rick” of Joplin; three daughters, Connie Marie Vardaro and her husband, William, of Cape Girardeau, Mo., Sheila Michele Burris of Wichita and Stacy Ann Gordon; a sister, Pearl Elizabeth Miller of Wichita; 25 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and four stepgreat-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Lee Hubbard; seven half-brothers, Harley Cox and Fred, Ralph, Glen, Roy, Raymond and Donald Hubbard; and two half-sisters, Stella (Hubbard) Traubel and Daisy Hubbard.
The service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at United Chapel Church (7 miles east and 5 miles south of St. Paul) with Curt Zachary officiating. Burial will be at Hope Cemetery in St. Paul. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home in St. Paul. A funeral reception with family and friends will begin after 4 p.m. Thursday in the St. Francis Catholic Church parish hall in St. Paul.
Memorials are suggested to Graves Memorial Public Library, St. Paul, and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, 430 Main, St. Paul, 66771.