CASCADE - Elise (Evans) Ferguson, 93, formerly of Cascade, died of natural causes Friday at a Great Falls nursing home.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Croxford Funeral Home and Crematory. A memorial service is 2 p.m. Friday at Cascade United Methodist Church.
Elise was born Oct. 15, 1916, to G. Marie Evans and David H. Evans in Great Falls. Their homestead was located east of Cascade in the Castner Falls Community. Elise graduated from Fort Shaw High School and from the College of Great Falls College of Education with a bachelor of arts degree. She taught school for a number of years before marrying Angus Ferguson of Cascade on Aug. 9, 1942. They moved to Seattle shortly after their wedding and Angus worked for the Boeing Aircraft Company. They returned to run the ranch when Elise's father became ill. After he died, they were able to buy the ranch and lived there until their retirement in 1973. They then moved to Cascade and remained there until 1995, when it became necessary for both Elise and Angus to move to assisted living. Angus died in 2005.
Elise was a woman of many talents. She worked tirelessly alongside of Angus to buy the ranch. She could run any and all of the farming equipment, had 500 chickens, candled and sold 100 to 200 dozen eggs each week to customers in Great Falls, and taught piano lessons to three generations of families in the Castner Falls area. Elise was a great cook, a wonderful loving grandmother, and an awesome mother and mother-in-law.
Angus and Elise loved dancing and thought nothing of driving to Helena to dance to the music of their favorite group, the Lamplighters. They enjoyed traveling around the state to watch their granddaughters compete in horse shows and school sports.
Elise was a charter member of the Castner Falls Extension Homemakers, a member of the Cascade United Methodist Church and the Cascade Senior Citizens Center, and participated in many community events.
She was a soft-spoken individual who lived by the motto "if you can't say something nice, then don't say anything at all".
She is survived by her son Alex (Judy) Ferguson of Great Falls; granddaughters Rayna Ferguson of Cascade and Amy (Shawn) Doss of Billings, and great-grandchildren Morgan, Mikala, and Mathew Doss, all of Billings.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Angus and a brother, Hansen David Evans.
Memorials in her name may be made to the Cascade Senior Center.
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Published by Great Falls Tribune on Oct. 10, 2010.