Milton -- Kristy A. Ward, a 35-year-old mother of two who worked at Little River Animal Hospital in Milton, died June 28 from Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.She died in her sleep at her family's home in New Bern, N.C., after a six-month battle with the disease. She recently had undergone unsuccessful chemotherapy and radiation treatments at Duke University, and was taken home for hospice.Ward was a bright spot in the veterinarian's office and was much beloved by her coworkers, who held the "Fluff and Buff" dog wash in early May to raise funds for her treatments.Stephanie Neely, office manager for Little River, said the "Kristy A. Ward Assistance Fund," which was set up at Wachovia Bank, is still active.
She said all donations now go to her two children, and are accepted at any Wachovia branch.Those wishing to send condolences can contact Little River Animal Hospital at 770-619-1616.