December 17, 2013

Our Neighbors: A lifetime spent helping others

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Helpful, caring, giving, generous, compassionate. The list of adjectives to describe Sue Boggs Ward could go on and on because her life has been filled with helping others.

The Laurel County native was born in September 1948 at the ‘old’ Marymount Hospital by ‘old’ Doc Wathen. She was one of four children born to Troy and Mary Jane Boggs.

“I have a sister and two brothers,” she said. “Rose Mary is a retired teacher with the Laurel County School System. David is the CEO of OWL Corporation in Lexington, a non-profit that helps handicapped and work-challenged adults get back into the workforce. And brother, James, lives in West Virginia.

Her roots run deep in Laurel County with both of her parents being Laurel County natives and involved in politics.

“My mom was a Larkey. And both families are political — Grandpa Boyd Boggs was County Judge and one time in 1961, Mom’s dad, P.T. Larkey, ran against him,” she said.

“My dad is a pastor. He has pastored churches in Somerset, the Louisville area, Raceland, Hazard and helped establish Faith Assembly in London. At age 85, Dad is still pastoring at Cornerstone Assembly here in London.”

Ward’s dad was called into the ministry when she was a preschooler, so she attended almost as many schools as grades.

“I was always the ‘new’ girl. But I did attend London Elementary School in the first grade, Sublimity Elementary in the eighth grade, and London High School as a freshman and sophomore,” she said.  “I graduated from Raceland High School, Greenup County, in 1966. I feel like I am part of both London and Raceland high schools and have lots of life-long friends from both. I attend both class reunions when I can. I also attended Sue Bennett College.”

Growing up in a strong Christian family, Ward and her siblings were taught to give to others. These principles have influenced her occupations and the way she lives today.

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