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Elizabeth McNeil (Mrs. John A.) Ferguson, 99, passed away at her home on March 3, 2016. Her loving spirit and grateful heart characterized her strong devotion to her Christian faith and to her family and friends. She was born in El Paso on May 20, 1916. She attended Lamar School and in 1927 attended the new Dudley School after her family's new home was built at 1917 N. Mesa. She was graduated from high school at Radford School. At the Texas College of Mines and Metallurgy (now UTEP), she was editor in chief of The Prospector. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree in 1938. She attended graduate school at George Washington University, and began a career in civil service, with jobs in Washington, D.C. and Dallas, Texas with the Federal Housing Administration. Prior to marriage, she took a position with the International Boundary and Water Commission, U.S. Section, in her hometown of El Paso, and later with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, also in El Paso. While growing up, she attended First Baptist Church of El Paso, and later was a member of First Presbyterian Church of El Paso for over 50 years, where she served on the Board of Deacons and also on the Session as an Elder.She is preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, John Alexander (Jack) Ferguson, Sr., her parents, Elizabeth Keeling McNeil and Dr. Robert Irving McNeil, her brother, Robert Irving McNeil, Jr. and sister, Jessie Mason McNeil Garren. She is survived by her son John Alexander Ferguson, Jr. and his wife, Susan K. Harwell of San Antonio; grandchildren John Alexander Ferguson III (Alec) and Anne Elizabeth Harwell Ferguson of San Antonio; son George McNeil Ferguson of Tucson; daughter, Joy Elizabeth Ferguson, of El Paso; niece, Jane McNeil; and nephews, Tom Garren, Kit Garren, Robert McNeil and Mark McNeil. She was a charter member of the Junior Women's Club of El Paso, and a member of the Colonial Dames of the 17th Century, Rebecca Stoddert Chapter National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, P.E.O. Chapter M, the El Paso County Historical Society, and the American Society of Civil Engineers Auxiliary. To celebrate her life, we will gather for a Memorial Service on Saturday, March 12, at 10:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church (Murchison & Brown). Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church Music Fund, the UTEP Alpha Phi Omega (APO) Engineering-Geology Social Fraternity Scholarship Endowment Fund, Compadres Therapy, Inc., or other charity of choice.

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Published in El Paso Times from Mar. 6 to Mar. 13, 2016.
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April 7, 2016
She was a gracious lady, accomplished and thoughtful, yet unpretentious, joyful and fun to be around. <3 Jane--
Jane Ragsdale
March 17, 2016

Heartfelt condolences to Joy and her family at this sad time. Mrs. Ferguson was a wonderful woman who hosted our neighborhood kids many times in her home. Whether we were one or two, or a dozen, she was generous and thoughtful and always made us feel welcome. We are grateful for her many kindnesses and the memories we have of her, and we are sad that she has passed.
We wish the Ferguson family love and peace.
The Rathbuns
Jane Rathbun
March 9, 2016
Thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time of loss. Her strength and values will continue through the lives of her children and grandchildren.
Reta Cook & Family
March 8, 2016
Please accept my heartfelt condolences to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Sandy Austin
March 8, 2016
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Lety Hernandez
March 7, 2016
When I think of my Aunt Elizabeth, my thoughts fly to humility and quiet strength.

For nearly a century, she has lived, loved and shown her immediate and extended family what grace looks like, and I could not be more grateful.
Nancy Timmons
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