Brenden Thomas Ward, 13, of Venus went to be with the Lord on the morning of Saturday October 7, 2017 at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas after complications following surgery to address a lifelong congenital heart defect.
Services: Visitation will be Tuesday October 10, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Mansfield, Texas. 1218 E. Debbie Ln. Mansfield, TX 76063. Services will held at 2:30pm Wednesday October 11, 2017 also at St. John’s with Graveside services to follow at 4:00pm at the Venus Cemetery.
Memorials: The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Brenden’s name to Camp Moss. Checks can be made payable to Children’s Health attention Camp Moss and mailed to: Children’s Health
Attn: Kyra Barnett, 1935 Medical District Dr., Dallas, TX 75235.
Born on January 19, 2004 in Arlington, Texas Brenden moved to Venus with his family in 2007. At school he was a model student. He participated in athletics for Venus Middle School where he was also a member of the National Junior Honor Society and served on the Student Council. Baseball was his true love, a sport he played year round at the select level and anxiously looked forward to taking the field as a Bulldog in high school. Among the other activities he enjoyed were his family ski trips each winter and vacations to the beach every summer but perhaps his favorite was his annual stay at Heart of Gold’s Camp Moss for heart patients at the Camp John Marc facility in North Texas.
Blessed with an infectious smile and a vibrant personality Brenden never met a stranger, made friends instantly, and positively impacted everyone he came in contact with. He was loved by students and faculty alike, was always the first to lend a helping hand, and placed others before himself. His quick wit was accompanied by an easy disposition allowing him to find the humor in almost any situation and the ability to laugh at himself the hardest. There was not a mean bone in his body and anyone who met him would agree there was absolutely nothing wrong with his heart.
Survivors: Brenden is survived by his parents Amanda and Winfred Ward III, sisters Alllison and Madelyn Ward. His grandparents Debbie Meadows and Bobby Cole and numerous Aunts and Uncles.
Wade Family Funeral Home