Anna Mae was born March 26, 1928, in McKeesport, Pennsylvania to Anna Semko Kokayko and Samuel Kokayko. She attended school in Glassport, PA graduating from Glassport High in 1946. She worked for US Steel in McKeesport after graduating.
On December 28, 1949 she married Kenneth Ward in McKeesport, PA After living in McKeesport for a short time, they moved to Port Vue, PA where they resided for 54 years. Anna Mae's devotion was to her family and was demonstrated by her loving care and work in the home. As a youth, her passion was roller skating with her friends and she was most accomplished. Anna Mae inherited her father's gift and passion for roses and she in turn was an experienced gardener and knew each and every variety of flower, tree, indoor plant and shrub. She also was an accomplished seamstress and delighted in keeping her daughters and grandchildren in lovely outfits.
Anna Mae was an active member of First Presbyterian, then Immanuel Presbyterian Church. She sang in the church choir, served as a part time church secretary, youth group leader and Sunday school teacher. Anna's love of children soon led her to start teaching piano lessons in her home for many years.
Survivors include her husband, Kenneth W. Ward; Daughter Deborah Al Mattar of Salmiya, Kuwait; Daughter Melanie and husband Dr. Timothy Rice of Cherokee, Iowa; Brother Samuel Kay and wife Jean of Elizabeth, PA; Sister Mary Ellen Kepick and husband Jack of Burke, VA; Sister-in-law Darlene Kay of Liberty Boro, PA; Aunt Olga Kurtz of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Cousin Marlene Pekora of VA; 6 grandchildren, Jennah Al Mattar and husband Barrak of Egaila, Kuwait; Renimah Al Mattar of Egaila Kuwait; Deannah Al Mattar of Egaila Kuwait; Carissa Rice Eret and husband Jesse of Rio Rancho , New Mexico; Joshua Rice of Cherokee, Iowa and Jonathan Rice of Cherokee Iowa; 3 great grandchildren, Joseph Al Thuwaikh, Rayanah Al Thuwaikh and Jowah Al Mattar of Egaila Kuwait; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, John Kokayko, George Kay and William Kokayko and her son- in- law Ali Al Mattar.
Funeral services will be held 1:30 P.M., Saturday, February 20, 2010, at Memorial Presbyterian Church in Cherokee, IA.
Pastor Ethan Sayler
Visitation will begin at 11:00 A.M. Friday, February 19, 2010, with the family present from 6:00 - 8:00 P.M. Friday night at Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee.
"Joyful, Joyful, we Adore Thee"
"Abide With Me"
"How Great Thou Art"
Oak Hill Cemetery