The event, appropriately, was blessed by some of the nicest weather of this spring.
After a round of tributes during the morning worship service at the historic church, parishioners filed outside for a sunny reception feting Ward, the church co-pastor with her husband, the Rev. David Johnson Rowe.
Among the many refreshments at he reception was a cake baked specially for the occasion, which Ward sliced to the cries of, "The pastor cuts the cake."
As a memento of her tenure over the last quarter-century, congregation member Pam Dies with a "Book of Love," featuring photos and memorabilia during her time at Greenfield Hill.