Kata Lou Ward, 69, known to most as Kay, died October 31, 2020. Kay was president of Cumberland Presbyterian Women for the 1999-2000 convention year. She was a fluent speaker and proud member of the Choctaw Nation. She was born to Sweeney E. and Mary Mae (Ward) Wilson July 6, 1951, in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. Kay lived in Broken Bow her entire life and graduated from Broken Bow High school in 1969. Kay married Jonah Ward at the McGee Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church (Choctaw Presbytery) in Broken Bow June 6, 1971. The McGee Chapel became a centerpiece in Kay’s life. She was an active member in the women’s ministry. This special place was where she worshiped her Lord, drew strength from her faith, defined her family values, and celebrated life’s most important occasions.
About Matthew Gore
Matthew H. Gore is a British journalist, historian, popular culturist, archivist, and educator residing in Memphis, Tennessee. He is the immediate past-president of the Society of Tennessee Archivists and is best known for his book The History of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Kentucky to 1988 (2000). He has also published on a variety of topics as diverse as The Origin of Marvelman (a British superhero of the 1950s and 1960s), the relative scarcity of East German philatelics, and the biography of British pulp artist, Denis McLoughlin. He is employed by the Ministry Council of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church at the Cumberland Presbyterian Center in Memphis, Tennessee, as editor of the Cumberland Presbyterian Magazine and as publications manager. He has been associated with both Western Kentucky University, which honored him with their James H. Poteet Award, and the University of Kentucky. He also serves as editor for all Boardman Books (Memphis, Tennessee) publications.