Mary Charles "Charlie" (Blades) Ferris

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Charlie Ferris left us at 10:26 p.m. August 7, 2014 in Cape Coral, Florida. She was surrounded by many of her loved ones: her husband of 61 years, Robert Stone, "Bob", Ferris; her daughter's Sunny Sauer and Robin Wilder, her son, Stone Ferris; his wife Sandy; and her grandson Robbie Wilder.
Charlie was born in the tidewater town of Elizabeth City, North Carolina on March 16, 1930. She was the daughter of Lemuel Showell Blades Jr. and Eliza Laughinghouse Blades. She was the sister of Lemuel Showell Blades III.
She attended Fairfax Academy Prep School in Virginia and Peace College in the Raleigh-Durham area. In 1952 she came out as a Debutante in Elizabeth City Society. That same year she met Bob on a blind date. They married January 31, 1953.
She is survived by her husband Robert Stone, "Bob", Ferris and their five children: Stephen Matthew Ferris, Mary Theresa Wilkerson, Mary Blades Sutherland Sauer, Mary Robin Wilder and Robert Stone Ferris Jr. Her thirteen grandchildren: Aaron, "Val", "Kit", "Jamie", "Denny"," Danny", "Katie", Amanda, "Nick" "Robbie", Morgan, Skyeler and "Max". And her two great grand children Anthony and Kara.
After their wedding, Charlie and Bob moved to San Francisco. They then moved to Fairfax, California and San Anselmo, California, a few years later for the first leg of the raising of their family. During this period, Charlie was a pioneer in the movement to replace the synthetic nurturing of children with artificial baby formula to natural breastfeeding as a leader in the Marin County "La Leche League".
In 1973 Charlie pulled up her families roots, as the Ferris' moved to an olive ranch on the soon to be renamed street of Sevillano Lane in Corning California. They spent the next 30 years there raising olives, cows and kids. In Corning, Charlie became an educator in AIDS awareness and gave lectures in surrounding areas. She was President of the Women's League in addition. She was the Musical Director of the Corning Roman Catholic Church for a decade.
She and Bob moved briefly to Redding, California, but they could no longer restrain their itchy feet. They first spent months trailering across Canada and the US. Then she and Bob spent a year circumnavigating the planet in the Queen Elizabeth II. Finally settling in Cape Coral Fl. After a stint battling cancer, "Charlie" passed quietly in the night.
There will be a service Saturday, August 23rd 2014 at St. Andrew's Catholic Church, 2628 Del Prado Blvd., Cape Coral at 12:00 noon. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Neptune Society of Fort Myers.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, any gifts to be in the form of donations to the .
Published in Corning Observer from Aug. 27 to Sept. 3, 2014
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