Jean Ferguson

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'I have had a long and wonderful life.' Just how many times this statement was made is unknown, but it was often. Jean truly meant it. She was born in Springfield, MO, Oct.12, 1919, and died Feb. 22, 2007. She was the only child born to Albert G. and Mary H. Eckert. With that her long adventure began. After a very active high school career she entered college, where she continued her active life socially and academically. She was the first in her family to attend a four year college and took her studies seriously as she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Drury College, Springfield, MO. As an officer of Pi Beta Phi Sorority she traveled around the country attending national conventions. On one of her trips she traveled to Ft. Lewis, WA to visit a cousin who 'detailed' a young officer in his command, Thomas Glen Ferguson of Toole, UT, to escort her to a military dance. After a whirlwind, long distance romance he swept her away from her job as a school teacher and they were married Dec. 7, 1942 in Springfield, MO. She then followed her 'Fergie' to several training posts around the southeastern United States as his unit trained for deployment to the Pacific. After the war she continued her career as an Army wife and lived in states from the west coast to the east coast and two foreign countries. She is survived by her four children who were born along the way and their spouses: Thomas G. Ferguson and wife Susan, Edmond, OK, James Clay Ferguson and wife Judy, Edmond, OK, Kathryn Jean Ferguson Hastings, Atlanta, GA and Mary Adele Ferguson Hendrick and husband Alan, Edmond, OK. After retiring from Ft. Sill, she and Fergie continued their travels to Europe, Hawaii, wintering in Naples, FL, and enjoying other far away destinations. Fergie's death in 1988 after nearly 47 years of marriage did not slow down her travels. She visited Africa, Russia, China, Europe, the Middle East and Brazil, each time bringing back wonderful stories which she relayed to her children, their spouses and her grandchildren. In December of 2003 she decided to move from Lawton to Edmond where she established her new home. Again, it was another adventure for her life. As the head of this loving and devoted family, she enjoyed her grandchildren who in turn cherished her; Emily J. Ferguson Brown and husband Kyle, Patrick M. Hastings, Thomas G. Ferguson, III, Melanie J. Gould, Kelly M. Ferguson, Jeanne A. Hastings, Allison E. Gould, Clay G. Ferguson, and Cecilia C. Gould. Her interests were broad as was her circle of friends. She could talk St. Louis Cardinal baseball with anyone, was an excellent golfer and a fan of OU football and basketball. She loved her dogs and her garden. Her activities included playing in weekly bridge groups, duplicate bridge and she had a passion for mah-jongg. She was preceded in death by her husband Col. (Ret.) Thomas G. Ferguson, her parents Al and Mary Eckert and her aunt, Adele L. Sawyer. Services will be 11:00 am Mon., Feb. 26 at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Edmond with graveside services at 3:00 pm at Ft. Sill Post Cemetery. Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society and Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and the Salvation Army.

Published in The Oklahoman on Feb. 26, 2007
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