WARE, ANNA MARY, 82, entered into rest August 25, 2000 in San Antonio. She was born August 16, 1918 at Stow Creek, Cumberland County, to Clarence Herbert Fogg and Inez Minch Fogg. Her husband Reuben Mulford Ware preceded her in death in 1998. She is survived by her children, Reuben M. Ware Jr. of Austin, TX, David Fox Ware, and Nancy Ware Wright & husband James, all of San Antonio, grandsons, Paul Douglas Harelik and Brian Alan Harelik of Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Mrs. Ware’s roots in New Jersey stem back to colonial times. She grew up in Shiloh and Bridgeton in the air of peach orchards, tomato fields, oyster boats, salt marshes, and the Delaware Bay. She graduated from Bridgeton High School in 1936, where as Betty Fogg, she was a popular friend to many and a fearless goalie on the field hockey team. She also attended nursing school at Cooper Memorial Hospital in Camden. After her marriage in 1940, she lived with her husband in Wharton and Peekskill, New York.
In 1948, her husband Reuben rejoined the United States Air Force, and Mrs. Ware spent the next 25 years as an Air Force wife. She lived in South Carolina, Oklahoma, California, Texas, Pennsylvania, and Germany on three occasions. The military service was a major part of their lives, but there was an even larger share – their relationship with each other. For 65 years – first as high school sweethearts and then as wife and husband — Bing and Rube. as their friends knew them, shared a “special love that knew no fear.” In 1972 Mrs. Ware and her husband retired to San Antonio where she had since lived. Her main interests were charities, stamp collecting, and the Chicago Cubs. She was also an artist and leaves a number of fine paintings and drawings.
Over the years, Mrs. Ware was given endearing nicknames by those who knew and loved her — Betty, Bing, Ann, and Anna. But by whatever name, she was a star. Her gentle combination of strength, kindness, dignity, and respect for others touched many lives. She could brighten your day and open your mind with her positive outlook and her concern for those troubled or less fortunate. She was independent and resolute for things she thought were right, and she had a deep wisdom yet was always young at heart. She was also mistress of the one-liner and her sense of humor could spark you to insight into yourself and admiration for her courage. One of those who cared for her in her final year at the Villa Serena home said, “God loves this woman. He loves her heart.” Her passing leaves a gap that can not be filled.
Funeral services were held Monday, August 28, 2000, with interment at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
Source: Press of Atlantic City, The (NJ) – Friday, September 1, 2000