Eula Lee Harward died after helping attempt to rescue Margaret G. Harward from burning, Ocala, Florida, March 9, 2009. Margaret, 78, was alone in her one-story home after fire broke out in the kitchen and filled the residence with dense smoke. Arriving to visit, her sister-in-law, Eula, 62, and two other relatives discovered the fire. They alerted a neighbor, who broke in the front door and began to search for Margaret. Although she had a history of coronary artery disease, Eula immediately followed him into the house. The smoke forced them to retreat, but they made repeated entries to search for Margaret, Eula at one point penetrating the house 30 feet to find her on the kitchen floor at the point of the fire’s origin. After leaving the house to get help from the neighbor, Eula collapsed. She was taken to the hospital but could not be revived. Severely burned, Margaret died at the scene.
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Eula Lee (Walker) Harward, 62, died in Ocala, Fla., on March 9, 2009. She was born in Ocala on March 2, 1947.
Harward was a homemaker and a member of New Visions Baptist Church in Ocala.
(Edited from an obituary provided by the family.)