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Jean Ferguson


1925 - 2018
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Jean Ferguson
August 16, 1925 - December 8, 2018
After a long, eventful and adventurous life, Jean Ferguson died peacefully at age 93.
She was born to Oscar and Zora Ferguson in Upland, CA and soon after moved to Pomona where she graduated from high school during World War II. Jean always had a passion about teaching children to read and she focused on this during her life. She attended Santa Barbara College before marriage to James Knox. She graduated from Laverne College and taught for one year in Pomona before moving to San Anselmo, CA with her family while Jim attended seminary. The family then moved to the Yakima Valley in Washington State. During their eight years there, Jean earned her Masters Degree in Reading at Central Washington State College and taught first grade in Toppenish for one year.
The family moved back to northern California and Jean taught over 20 years at Jackson Heights Elementary School in Red Bluff, CA as both a Reading Specialist and a third grade teacher. During this time, she married Walter Wilson also an educator in Red Bluff. They were married 15 years and after retirement, they went to Japan to teach English for one year.
Not only did Jean have a passion for teaching but also for travel. The family took summer vacations to different states, national parks and historical monuments every summer. It was amazing what our mother could accomplish on a shoestring budget. She traveled to six continents, countries too numerous to mention and her favorite times were spent driving across the US by herself staying in hostels, rest areas or hooking up with relatives.
By far, her greatest adventure was the two years she spent in the Peace Corps teaching English in Grenada. She was able to combine both her passions at that time and returned to the states when she turned 70.
In later years, she moved to Petaluma to be near her daughter and family. She painted china, volunteered in schools helping more children with reading, and even risked her life teaching two grandsons how to drive. She loved Bodega Bay and spent time there on a regular basis.
She is predeceased by two grandchildren, Erin Knox and Scott Schipper. She is survived by a sister, Marie Schlueter, Lompoc, CA, her five children, Daniel Knox, Lake Havasu City, AZ, Rev. Kathryn Knox, Orlando, FL, Joyce Schipper(Jack), Petaluma, CA, Dr. Robert Knox(Chris), Portsmouth, OH and Rebecca Persinger(Steven Molder), Roseville, CA as well as ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to in Jean's memory. A Celebration of Life will be held in Roseville, CA in May. She is now with God and her energy and abundant love have been released into the universe. All those who knew her will hold her in their hearts forever.
Published Online in the Press Democrat on Jan. 20, 2019
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