Amy Louise Friesen Ward, 60, of Manhattan, Kan., died at KU Medical Center in Kansas City July 31, 2021, from complications of ovarian cancer. She was born April 25, 1961, to Wanda and Vern Friesen in Tucson, Ariz.
She attended school in Manhattan and graduated from Bethel College, North Newton, in 1983 with a degree in speech and drama. While there, she was active with the Thresher speech and forensic teams and won the prestigious Thresher Award. She may be best remembered for her lead role in the comedy Arsenic and Old Lace presented at Bethel. Friends at Bethel enjoyed her quirky sense of humor and warm and engaging personality.
She returned to Manhattan, where she met and married Eric Ward. They raised their family in Manhattan. They were active in the Living Word Church where they had met, and she served in the church worship team for many years.
She channeled her talents for drama into her work at Flint Hills Christian School in Manhattan. She served as school librarian, building the school library with her typical flair for the humorous and the creative. Elementary children loved to hear her dramatic storytelling. She made reading fun! Scores of students worked under her supervision to produce school play productions for many years. She was also a Mary Kay consultant in her spare time, putting on many parties and sessions for friends and family.
Survivors include her mother, Wanda Friesen, in California; a son, Josh Ward of Manhattan; a daughter, Kendra (Eric) Lind of Topeka; a brother, Jeff Friesen; three sisters, Janelle (Brian) Epp of Hesston, Dallas Garner Lake of Topeka and Hailey Friesen of Junction City; and one grandchild.
A celebration of life service was held at Living Word Church in Manhattan.