Celebrating the life of

Helen Elizabeth Ward

February 16, 1956 - March 13, 2022

Helen Elizabeth Ward

Tybee Island - Helen Elizabeth “Cissy” Ward passed away at her apartment on March 13, 2022.  She was born on February 16, 1956 in Savannah to Robert Wiley Ward and Helen Given Ward.

She graduated from Armstrong State College with a degree in education and taught first at St. Michael’s Catholic School on Tybee and then for over 30 years in the Savannah Public School System, the longest period being at Marshpoint Elementary.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents and parents.

Surviving are her sister, Patti Ward Neidlinger, god-daughter, Molly South Curry, beloved golden retriever Wiley and several cousins.

Per Cissy’s request, she will be cremated and no service will be held.  



Go in peace, my friend.

- Paula Walker, Tybee Island, GA

Cissy was a rock star on ANY boat and we all shared some wonderful times coming up in Savannah and Tybee.Will always be remembered as one of US!

- Tony Hearn , 427 Cypress Point Rd Springfield , Ga.

May your faith & beautiful memories of your sister help you during this difficult time.

- Bill & Tricia Lewis, Tybee Island , GA

Patti and Molly, we are so sorry for your loss. Cissy was such a sweet soul. We will miss her smile and laugh. Peace and love.

- Libby Miller, Savannah, Georgia

Deatest Patti, I am so very sorry for the loss of your sister. My heart breaks for you and your family. I've lost a sibling, and it's a different grief with sadness and pain of great depth. It's like losing a part of yourself. May God bring you peace and comfort as you walk this road. May your memories of Cissy fill your heart with joy at times when you have no joy. May your memories fill your heart and soul with peace knowing she's with you always. May the greatness that she was be a constant reminder of the great love you two shared. As you mourn her loss and celebrate her life, know the bond y'all shared will never be broken. Never forget that Love Never Dies ... and she carries a piece of you with her always as she walks the streets of gold and rests in the arms of Jesus. Thanks be to God! Hugs, love and my ferpest condolences to you and yours. Love, Jefiner

- Jefiner Jones, Augusta, GA

A candle has been lit!

- Jefines Jones, Augusta, GA

Rest in peace sweet Cissy.

- Alice Eisner, Savannah, Ga

Dear Patty and Molly - Our dear and kind Cissy has set sail on a new adventure and is now in that tropical paradise. She was always her own skipper and sailed with the best of the Savannah sailors in drifters and raging seas that most would cringe and moan about and wish to be upon tera ferma on the first leg of the race. She could set and trim a spinnaker with the best of any foredeckman and sail trimmer. She was loyal beyond human kindness when her friends were in illness and need. She was a Tybee Girl, and we will miss her friendly conversations that we shared so often with one another and among the circle of sailors of Savannah that knew her as a trusted, loyal, and kind friend. Eight bells for sailor sister Cissy - Love, Johnny and Mary Ellen Mulligan

- John Mulligan, Tybee Island, Georgia

Oh Patti, we were so very sad to hear about your loss. You have our deepest sympathy and prayers for your comfort and peace.

- Vicky and Henry Patton, Covington, GA

We were so shocked with the sad news. We just saw her on a walk and had a nice chat. Loved her at Marshpoint, then as a neighbor on Tybee-loved to see her and Fred on their walks. She will be missed. May God be with her family, her beloved dog, and friends

- David & Sandra Cason and Family, Tybee Island, Ga

A candle has been lit!

Patti and Molly, you were the two closest people to Cissy. Now, she is at peace at last. We will all miss her. Patti you were a great big sister to Cissy and you took great care of her. I know she was grateful for you. And Molly she was proud to be your godmother! Times as these are not easy. May God grant you both the necessary strength to deal with her loss. And may He bless you both, in Jesus' name Amen!!!!

- Roan Garcia-Quuintana, Mauldin, SC

I am so sad Cissy has passed I pray for her family and Wiley she was such as sweet person.

- Melissa swanson, Savannah, Ga

I am so sorry to hear this news. Cissy was a wonderful person and she will be missed greatly.

- Stacy Short, Brunswick, GA

Cissy was a dear friend and was loved by many. She had a kind soul and would give you the shirt off her back. I love her and will miss her very much. Please look after her baby because I know he too is in mourning. Cissy always lit up a room and her smile was contagious! I love you dear Cissy! Rest In Peace my dear sweet friend. I’m sorry.

- Bobbi silva, Savannah , Georgia

Patti, Molly and Wiley, Sissy touched my heart. I didn’t know her as a teacher but I can only imagine how loving she was to the kids and was a good instructor. I’m so sorry for your loss. She had a sweet soul…. She touched my heart.

- Sue Jackson, Tybee Island, GA

Cissy grew up in a house a few blocks down from us in Kensington Park. Our sympathies to her sister. God bless. The Remley family

- Sam Remley, Savannah, GA

I had the pleasure of teaching with Cissy for many years. She was a delightful person who loved her students, and they certainly loved her. I will miss her bright smile and offer my condolences to her family and friends.

- Ellen Lloyd, SAVANNAH, GA

May God wrap you in His arms for eternity.

- Julia J Williams, Savannah, Georgia

May God wrap you in His arms for eternity.

- Julia J Williams, Savannah, Georgia

God bless y’all and God bless Cissy. I first met Cissy when we were in the cast of “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” where we both played women of ill repute, contrary to our basic home training. In addition to her acting skills, Cissy had an amazing aptitude and patience for training her dogs which I imagine carried over into her classroom when working with her students. My favorite memory is the two of us with our dogs frolicking in the waves created by a passing ship at Fort Pulaski where I learned a boxer puppy can learn to dog paddle under duress. We had such fun that day and Carmen now loves catching the waves on Daufuskie. I already miss Cissy. If there’s anything I can do please let me know.

- Mary C Felchlin, Tybee Island, GA

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours during this sad time.

- Thresa Whitten, Tybee Island, GA

Cissy will be missed. Patti will remember her always and keep Cissy's memory alive. Cissy was a goodhearted person with modest goals and a cheerful outlook. Death is just a passage and we hold our lost loved ones in our hearts until we meet again.

- Bobby Phillips, Tybee Island, Georgia

Rest in peace.

- Arthur Weil , Atlanta , Georgia

My sincerest sympathy. I met Cissy in Savannah’s visiting. We began to talk and she sold me on Tybee Island. She made my trip so worthwhile. Feel very bless to have meant her long ago. Bless her family.

- Nancy Weirich, Massillon, OH

Patty, I was so sorry to hear about your sisters passing. It is so hard to lose someone. The absence,the empty feeling you have. I will be praying for you. Mary Jane.

- Mary Jane Anderson, Savannah, Georgia

God Bless you our old friend. RIP My thoughts and prayers for Patti, Molly and Wiley. We will miss her beautiful smile.

- Jenny Orr, Savannah, Ga.

I will never forget Cissy's contagious smile and how much her young students loved her.

- Carol Walsh, Savannah, GA

Patti sorry for your loss. RIP Cissy

- Larry Spear, SAVANNAH, Georgia

Women who loved Cissy will gather at 10 am March 25 on the beach adjacent the North Beach Grill to remember her. Please join us.

- Carol Pine, Tybee Island, Georgia

So sorry to learn of Cissy's passing. May her memory be everlasting and her soul rest in peace!

- Andy, Charleston, SC

So sorry to learn of Cissy's death. She was my teaching colleague at both Tybee Elementary and Bartow. A sweet and gentle soul who was a giving, sharing person. She will be missed. Please accept my deepest sympathy . I will always remember her sense of humor and her devotion to the students she taught.

- ELLEN ROACH, Tybee Island, Georgia


- Sharon Logan, Tybee Island, GA

I’m so sorry to hear of Cissy’s death. My memories include a young, beautiful, smiling, sweating crew member working her heart out on the foredeck. She would ride the foredeck without fear and give back what everyone was dishing out. So now she is back with Vernie who will be sure to tell her everything he feels she is doing wrong. See you later Cissy.

- Bud and Janice Sauers, Savannah , Ga.

Prayers for the family.

- james l woods, savannah, GA

I am sorry you are gone . We laughed and had fun . I will miss you . John

- John Hood, Savannah, Ga

Patti, Cissy’s death really took me by surprise. It was so sad, to hear that news! As you know, the Ward sisters were like sisters to the Mayfield boys. And your mom was was a second mom to us. So, I feel I lost a sister and friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and those who loved her! May that precious soul Rest In Peace! Gone but NEVER forgotten. Much love, Gay

- Gay Mayfield , Savannah, Georgia

May your soul rest easy my beautiful dear friend ❤we will miss you! My family and many others are heart broken but we breath easy knowing you are at peace! My condolences to Patty, Molly and everyone who met and loved her..she was one of a kind!

- Khristina newport, Palm Bay, FL

Fair winds Cissy and I feel quite sure that you sailing in Heaven. We had some great times back in the day, fond memories by many. You will be missed by all that had the pleasure of having met you. Take car, Gad Bless and Rest in Peace.

- Jack Fitzgerald, Nevils, GA

A candle has been lit!

I worked with Cissy at Bartow School. I liked her and admired her teaching ability. We were friends. I send my deepest sympathy to her family.

- Charlotte Wilbur, Savannah, GA

So sorry for your loss Patti, Cissy will always have a special place in my Heart.

- Joel Worth, Louisville, KY

We will miss Cissy so much. Chris walked with her and Wiley almost every day. I would go out to talk to her at the dog park. Peace and love to Patti. Brenda and Chris Steiner

- B Steiner, Savannah, GA

Ms. Ward was my beloved Kindergarten teacher at Bartow Elementary. As I got older, we often ran into her at Tybee, especially Fannie's! She always had the biggest hug and smile every time I saw her. My sympathy goes out to her family, she made a wonderful impact on my life at an early age and I will never forget her!

- Hannah Jordan Cela, Savannah, GA

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel

  • No Funeral Service