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POQUOSON - Gloria Mae Geddings Ferguson, 80, passed away Friday, March 18, 2016 after a short battle with a severe stomach condition. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leroy and Sarah Geddings; husband, Ernest Lee Ferguson; and brother, David L. Geddings. A true Bull Island native, Gloria was born March 27, 1935 at the home of her grandmother, Amanda Moore, on Smith Road in Poquoson. She lived an amazing full life. She was a captivating, intelligent, talented, zany, and spontaneous beautiful woman. In addition to being a loving daughter, granddaughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and dear friend, her list of accomplishments include: Civil Servant, Head Secretary to the Commander of Ft. Monroe, Secretary to the Poquoson Chief of Police, acclaimed artist, author, evangelist, gospel singer, missionary, and ordained Minister for the Church of God. Her office management aptitude proved important in her later occupations and endeavors; for ministers and authors need these skills for composing and organizing. And even artists have to keep ledgers. Gloria's artwork and ministry led her all over the globe. Her recognition as a talented artist is proven by the acknowledgements and awards won. Her artwork is found worldwide. God used her artistic ability and beautiful singing voice to convey His message and overcome language barriers on the mission field. Her artistic genius and vocal talent were used throughout her ministry. Gloria's mission work, shared with her husband Lee, took them to dark jungles and dim places where with God's anointing they lit a spiritual candle that will forever burn. They were the first missionaries sponsored by their home church, Denbigh Church of God. Gloria's evangelizing, with Lee as her backup, took them all over the country preaching God's Word and giving hope and light and healing to those who would receive it. Together they began a satellite church in Fox Hill (Hampton), which sprung from their home church base and it is still producing God's fruit. With God's guidance, her faithfulness, determination, and strong spirit plus her husband's unfailing love, admiration, and support, much was accomplished for the Lord's Kingdom. Many seeds were sown that cannot be plucked up. Those seeds include seedlings firmly planted in her loved ones. Gloria Mae could be as sweet as sugar, giving and open-hearted or stubborn, determined and insistent. She was a perfectionist. But when mixed with great love, her characteristics proved to be exactly what God intended when He formed her. They were her strengths to fulfill His plan for her unusual, demanding, and productive life. Her family and friends remained true throughout her life as she faced many physical challenges and changes. Gloria continued to make true friends throughout her years and God continued using her in various ways even after Lee's death and her illness required convalescent care. She was larger than life, a force to be reckoned with and the world seems smaller without her. There is a void where there was once a steady combustion of energy. Her family loves her well and will miss her more than mere words can express. Her boundless love, wisdom, and presence will not be replaced, but remembered and cherished. Great is the reward for God's anointed. Gloria is survived by her daughter, Marie Ferguson Alexander-Kehoe & husband Michael; son, Timothy Lee Ferguson and wife Delores; grandchildren, Rachel Alexander, Brian Alexander & wife Chrystie, William Alexander & wife Donna, Ashley, Katie, and Elizabeth Ferguson, Amanda Neely & husband Kurt; great-grandchildren, Dustin and Carter Garrett, Glen and Alisson Alexander, Aden and Alline Alexander, Troy and Garrett Moncrieff, Alexis and Jaxen Cartlege, and Abigail Neely and Sophia Ferguson; brother-in-law, Arnold Ferguson; sister-in-law, Julie Geddings; niece, Tarah Jefferson & family; and nephew, Jonathan Mayes. Gloria's family welcomes visitors Tuesday, March 22, 6:30-8:00 PM, at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, 836 Poquoson Ave., Poquoson. A Celebration of Gloria's life will be held Wednesday, March 23, 11:00 AM, at World Outreach Worship Center (Denbigh Church of God), 1233 Shields Rd., Newport News, VA, 23608, by Rev. Bobby Collins and Rev. Russell Evenson. Interment will follow at Parklawn Memorial Park, Hampton. In lieu of flowers, family and friends are asked to make donations to the Mission Fund at WOWC. Online condolences to claytorrollins.com .
Published in Daily Press on Mar. 20, 2016
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