Katy Mourns the Loss of Former Mayor Ward Stanberry


May 14, 2020

By Jennifer Miko

Former City of Katy Mayor Ward Stanberry passed away Monday, May 11 from complications from a 20-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease. The World War II veteran served as a Councilmember and Mayor Pro Tem during the 1960s and was Mayor of the City of Katy from 1988 to 1991.

Ward Allen Stanberry was born in Needles, CA on August 12, 1924. His father painted water towers during the Depression, so the family moved frequently. During the first grade, Ward attended seven different schools.

After high school, Ward was commissioned for the Navy from Columbia University Midshipman School. He served from December, 1942 to August, 1946. During the War, he was a Lieutenant stationed in the Pacific Arena.

In 1942, Ward’s father worked in Katy helping Mr. Stockdick raise cattle. Ward met Marilyn Edwina Stockdick, at the Trinity Apostolic Faith Church, where Ward's grandfather was one of the first pastors. Marilyn, a life-long resident of Katy, attended Katy High School at the time.

After the War, Ward attended Western Michigan University and earned a BS in Accounting.

He moved to Katy and married Marilyn in August, 1949. In the fall of 1950, the young couple moved into their home on Franz Road.

Their family grew over the years as they welcomed three daughters: Janet, Betty and Sharon. All three girls graduated from Katy High School and pursued careers in education.

Ward ran his own insurance agency in Katy until 1993. He was also an avid golfer and founded Green Meadows, a private golf course built on land owned by the Stockdick family. He loved to hit the links, and apparently wasn’t afraid of the water hazards. Sometimes he would interrupt his round to fish in the Cane Island branch of the Buffalo Bayou on the course. Green Meadows was o