Marie was born Oct. 22, 1926 in Cheyenne to Oscar Robert Brown and Dorothy Marie Stanley Brown.
Due to the death of her mother, Marie and her younger sister were placed in the Cheyenne Orphanage when Marie was five. Marie later told her children that when people would come wanting to adopt, she would get her little sister and try to hide, because she she thought her little sister was cuter and was afraid someone would want her sister and not her. They were later adopted by Ernest and Delilah Davis in 1932
Marie attended schools throughout the Big Horn Basin and graduated in 1944 from Powell High School.
She married J.D. Ward on June 18, 1944 in San Diego, Calif.
She worked as a riveter for Consolidated Aircraft for a time during World War II. She also worked as a secretary at the First National Banks of Greybull and Powell for 21 years. They retired in 1981 and moved back to Greybull to be near family.
Marie loved her family, flowers, dancing and traveling. She traveled all over the world. Her last great adventure was a trip to Disneyland with five generations of family, and yes, she rode some pretty wild rides.
She was preceded in death by her parents, infant brother, O.R. Jr.; sister, Della Way; husband, J.D.; and daughter, Dorothy Bernard.
Marie is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Wayne Paris; her son-in-law, Dave Bernard; her grandchildren, Matty and Brad Mood, Dennis and Dave Bernard, Jamie and Steve Wamhoff, Robyn and Rob Guty, April and Tim Paris and Kristi and Jayson Harvey; her great-grandchildren, Ryan and Eli Moody, Haleigh DeLeon, Dusti and Derik Henderson, Steve and Jessi Wamhoff, Wyatt and Colter Guty and Jacob, Logan and McKenzy Paris; and her great-great-grandchild and her namesake, Mataia Marie Henderson.
For those who would like to honor Marie with a memorial, please give a gift to help hungry, homeless and needy people this Christmas season.
Funeral services will be held at the Atwood Family Chapel in Greybull on Thursday, Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. Her grandson, Tim Paris, will officiate. Burial will follow at the Donald J. Ruhl Memorial Cemetery in Greybull.
Atwood Family Funeral Directors, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.