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Esther "Ruth" Ferguson


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Esther "Ruth" Ferguson Obituary
LIBERTY, Ill. -- Esther "Ruth" Ferguson, 101, of Liberty, died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy.

She was born Jan. 23, 1917, in Camden, a daughter of John and Sarah (Morrell) Reeder. Ruth was the second oldest of 12 children. She saw many changes in her lifetime. She married Lyle Ferguson on March 15, 1945. He predeceased her on July 2, 2008.

Lyle and Ruth farmed all their lives until 2006 when they sold their family farm. Friends and family remember the wonderful dinners she would prepare for family get-togethers. Mowing her yard both on the farm and their home in Liberty was something she enjoyed immensely. She mowed even at the age of 100. Ruth was a Liberty School cook from 1967 starting at age 50 and retiring at age 81 in 1998. She loved the students and co-workers and many have fond memories of her.

Survivors include her daughter, Ramona Schoonover and her husband, Scott. Their children, Shelby Crow and her husband, Tom, their children Taylor, Nolan and Lexi. And son Chris Schoonover. Her son, Joe's children, daughter Angela Boyer and her husband, Mike. Their children, Trevor Rossmiller, Travis Rossmiller and his wife, Brenna, and their son, Noah, Jeremy Boyer and his wife, Heather, and their son Jonathon, Brandy Rocchio and her husband, Tony, and son, Josh Boyer. Daughter Amy Wagner and her husband, Rich. Their children, Kelsey Barry and her husband, Eric, and their daughter, Elliot, and daughters, Katie Wagner and Kenzey Wagner. Son, Wes Ferguson and his girlfriend, Kandi Blanton, and their son, Dalton Burkes. Daughter, Wendy Kuhn and her husband, Rob. Their children, Kyle, Kaylee and Kameron. Anita Ferguson and her wife, Kacie, and their children, Stella and Nash. Her daughter Cheryl's children: daughter, Sara Bowen and her children, Kyron, Kaytrien, Alex and Carsyn. And son, John Bowen and his girlfriend, Laura Castetter. Two sisters, Delores Armstrong and Imogene Nell. Also survived by a special friend, Jolene Wagner, who was like a daughter to her.

In addition to her husband, Ruth was preceded in death by her son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Norma Ferguson, and daughter, Cheryl Bowen. Nine siblings predeceased her.

SERVICES: 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Liberty Christian Church, Liberty. Interment will be in Liberty City Cemetery.

VISITATION: 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Liberty Christian Church.

MEMORIALS: Liberty Christian Church, Liberty Education Foundation or Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. These organizations were special to her.

ARRANGEMENTS: Duker and Haugh Funeral Home, Quincy.

Condolences may be expressed online at whig.com.
Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Sept. 13 to Sept. 15, 2018
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