Surrounded by the love of her daughters and grandchildren, Priscilla passed from her home into the arms of Jesus on September 26th at the age of 96. She leaves her daughters, Pat Barbour (Bob McNamara) of Dorchester, Cathy Wentzell (Ron) of Lunenburg, Joan Kopley (Ken) of Gardner and Eastham, Barbara Tabora of Fitchburg, Mary Olsson of Placida, Florida and Harwich, Charlotte Ward of Harwich, Deborah Ladas (Paul) of Marshfield, 12 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Her beautiful daughter Megan Ward Myers and her brother Bobby Lufkin of Harwichport predeceased her.
Priscilla was born in Fitchburg, Ma the daughter of Robert S. Lufkin, Sr and Elsie Thomas Lufkin, and spent her childhood in Lunenburg at Whalom. After graduating from Fitchburg High School, she attended LaSalle College, married Joseph D. Ward and raised her eight daughters in Fitchburg. Priscilla continued her education earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Fitchburg State College and furthered her education with courses in psychology and philosophy. She taught in Fitchburg and Cape Cod schools, at Head Start and in private tutoring of special needs children.
Priscilla had many interests. She was an active volunteer for several organizations, including the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Right to Life Movement and with Catholic Charities helping to resettle new immigrants. During her marriage she supported her husband’s political campaigns, spending several years on the campaign trail organizing events and giving speeches. She remained active and interested in politics throughout her life. She founded the Fitchburg Chapter of the League of Women Voters. Among her many talents, Priscilla was a skilled artist and a student of dance.
Priscilla held a strong faith and, after thinking her way into the Church, converted to Catholicism. She continued to study Catholic Doctrine and was devoted to Jesus and his teachings.
Priscilla was quietly extraordinary with a keen intellect, a good sense of humor, and a great capacity for endurance and perseverance. She possessed the time-honored values of love of country, love of God, hard work, decency and integrity. Always elegant and refined, graceful and gracious, she was a lady in the true sense of the word. She will be greatly missed.
Calling hours will be held from 3-6 pm on Sunday, October 14 at Morris, O’Connor & Blute Funeral Home, 678 Main Street, Harwich Center, Ma. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10.00 am on October 15 at Holy Trinity Church, 246 Main Street, Route 28, West Harwich, Ma. Burial will be at a later date at the family’s convenience.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Priscilla’s memory to the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center, McLean Hospital, Mailstop 138, 115 Mill Street, Belmont, Ma 02478. Secure online gifts (https://givemclean.partners.org). Please select “Brain Bank Fund” in the 'Designation' field.