Shelby Jean Dean Ward was born to Homer Austin Dean and Ilah Josephine Nation in Jackson County, AL. She married Dee Wallace Ward, Jr. and has one son Stephen Dee Ward. 

Mrs. Ward attended Alabama Polytechnic Institute which is now Auburn University. She is the President of SDW Real Estate Investments, a travel consultant with Adventure Travel, and the Secretary - Treasurer of Rayward Realty and Wardean, Inc.

Society Memberships

  • National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (Past Vice President General)
  • National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century (National Parliamentarian)
  • National Society Daughters of American Colonist (Parliamentarian National)
  • National Society United States Daughters of 1812 (Honorary President National)
  • National Society Magna Charta Dames & Barons (Councilor)
  • Society of Sons & Daughters of Pilgrims (National Chairman)
  • National Society Colonial Wars (Honorary State Governor)
  • American College of Genealogist (Fellow)
  • United Daughters of the Confederacy (Division Parliamentarian)
  • National Society Dames of the Court of Honor (Recording Secretary General)
  • Continental Society Daughters of Indian War (Honorary Governor General)
  • Society Friends of St George's & Descendant of Knight of Garter
  • Hereditary Order Descendants of Loyal and Patriots of the American Revolution
  • Sons & Daughters of Colonial and Antebellum Bench and Bar
  • Sovereign Colonial Society Americans of Royal Descent
  • Order of Descendants Ancient Planters 1607 – 1616 (National President)
  • The Plantagenet Society
  • Order of the Descendants of Justiciars (Parliamentarian)
  • National Society Colonial Daughters of the Seventeenth Century
  • Society of Descendants of Lady Godiva
  • Sons & Daughters of Virginia Founding Fathers
  • Order of Three Crusades 1096 -1192
  • Order of Norman Conquest
  • Order of Alba
  • Order of Crown of Charlemagne in the United States of America
  • The National Guild of St. Margaret of Scotland
  • Order of Merovingian Dynasty


  • Elected twice to the House of Representatives in Alabama
  • First Baptist Church of Opelika
  • Girl Scouts of America
  • Garden Club of Alabama
  • Opelika Arts Association
  • Opelika Historical Preservation Society
  • The Genealogical Society of East Alabama
  • Johnston Clan
  • Stewart Clan
  • Opelika Exchangettes
  • Opelika Beautification Committee
  • Opelika Tree Commission