Lynne Ward Obituary, Death Cause – A dazzling light has diminished. Anne Lynne Ward, our family’s centre, died on Sunday, May 14, surrounded by her adoring family. Lynne and her twin sister Lee were born in Baton Rouge, LA, on July 8, 1964, to Carmel and Kenneth Streater. She was the family baby because she was born 5 minutes later. Lynne was little but fierce. Her email handle, lynnewardworkshard, reflected her life: underestimated but never outworked. Lynne earned a BS in Psychology and minors in Sociology and Statistics from LSU in 1988. She worked at United Healthcare, Prudential, Windsor, and Arkansas Specialty Orthopaedics.
Quality, compliance, and policy creation were her priorities. For each health plan/clinic, she set HIPPA, NCQA, and Medicare/Medicaid criteria. She earned Prudential Health Care Arkansas’ first NCQA accreditation. Her current manager, Anne Santifer, CEO Share Network, says, “Lynne was passionate about health care quality improvement…Lynne was dedicated, energetic, and hard-working…(she) will be sorely missed by everybody who worked with her and her colleagues will never forget her dedication and cheerful outlook.” Lynne played tennis for LSU and after college until a hand injury stopped her.
Her greatest achievement was being a kind, patient, reassuring wife and mama bear to her boys. She adored her boys! To her boys’ dismay, she cheered at all their sporting events. She will do everything for them. Even if she didn’t know you, Lynne would be your best friend. Lynne leaves her husband, Sean; sons, Ian and Jackson; parents, Carmel and Ken Streater; two sisters, Gwen Bourgeois (husband Reed) and Lee Streater; nieces, Julie, Rachel, and Madeline; nephew, Joey; many Nani’s and their families; and Ralph, her beloved dachshund. The family thanks Drs. Robert and Mary Searcy, nurses Trea and Melissa, and the SICU team at Baptist Medical Centre.