BLOOMFIELD — Jean Ward, a community organizer with a “gentle spirit” and president of an historic organization that aims to uplift black women, died on Saturday. She was 58.
Ward was the president of the local chapter of the National Council of Negro Women, founded by Mary McLeod Bethune. In the last few weeks of her life, she was busy recruiting young professionals to join the organization and also putting final touches on a Nov. 6 Founder’s Day scholarship luncheon, friends said.
Ward was also a city council staff. Most recently, she served as the executive assistant to Councilwoman Cynthia Jennings, whom she helped attain office. Jennings is the only woman on the council.
However, Ward was always willing to help anyone who needed help, friends said.
“Jean served our city for many years – both in government and in the community. In fact, she was an important part of keeping the City Council connected with the community and was instrumental in helping the City Council successfully launch the Faith-based Anti-Violence Summit,” City Council Chairman Shawn Wooden.
The daughter of Alice Ward and the late Johnnie Ward was born in Chatham County, Savannah, GA on September 21, 1954. Friends and family said she was a daughter, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and devoted friend is survived by her mother, Alice Ward; five children and nine grandchildren.