Elizabeth Ann Ferrier Williams Elizabeth Ann Ferrier Williams

1919 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Elizabeth Ann Ferrier Williams Elizabeth Ann Ferrier Williams Obituary
Elizabeth Ann Ferrier Williams December 27, 1919 - November 27, 2013 Elizabeth was born to Vera and George Ferrier of Manhattan, Kansas. When she was 16 months old her mother died of septicemia and she joined her maternal grandparents on a farm near Lawrence, Kansas. This idyllic rural life changed when her grandfather was killed by lightning when she was 4 years old. Her grandmother and aunts moved into town, where she has her elementary and junior high education. She graduated from Seneca High School and continued her education at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science and continued an internship in Medical Technology in Kansas City. She was last employed at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital. Her greatest joy was her three sons and their families. They are Ross, who was her companion and caretaker; Dean, Nancy and children, Luke, Scott, Laura and great granddaughter Arianna of Tehachapi; Keith, Rebecca and children, Frances and W.J. Russell and Meghan and Nathan Williams of Midlothian, Virginia. Ross, Dean and Keith remember a Christmas holiday at Doheny Beach (not very crowded), a trip to Canada in a Voltswagen Fastback (very crowded, with 3 tall teenagers), up the coast and back inland, stopping at all the National Parks and Monuments, however obscure. At home Elizabeth supported her sons' many activities , including bicycles, motorcycles and cars. She was adventurous, curious about all of nature and a good teacher. Her sons feel privileged to have had such excitement growing up. Elizabeth will stop at the Rainbow Bridge to be reunited with her many animal friends, including Roger, the Missouri Fox Trotter who carried her over the mountains and into the desert and on three 100 mile rides and was with her for over 25 years; Champion Great Danes Sheila and Sam; the dear Abby cats; Rio, the siamese cat, and many more, all of which lived to old age due to her loving care. Her dear little dog, Annie and two big cats Mouse and Peachy, will miss her. Retirement brought the joys of many hobbies. Cross stitched Christmas stockings for the grandchildren won blue ribbons at the Kern County Fair. Bird watching included trips to Alaska, Texas and the Dry Tortugas and life list over 520. Gardening was fun and challenging. Watercolor painting produced many beautiful pictures that decorated her house with color. There are no services planned. Cremation will be followed by interment in Lawrence, Kansas beside her mother. Her favorite charities are The Cat People and the local SPCA. www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Dec. 5, 2013
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