Elise Ferguson
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.
Condolences may be posted online at www.croxfordfuneralhome.com and/or www.gftribune.com/obituaries.

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Published by Great Falls Tribune on Oct. 10, 2010.
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To Elise's Family: We offer our condolences to you at this time. God blessed Elise with a long, busy and interesting life. Now that He has called her Home may you find comfort in your many memories and strength in the presence of the Holy Spirit in your daily lives. You are in our prayers.
Calvary Chapel of Great Falls
Romans 15:13
October 13, 2010
Alex, we were saddened to hear about the loss of your mom, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Bill and Diane(Peterson)Coley, Sherwood, Arkansas
October 12, 2010
you are in your thoughts and prayers.
October 11, 2010
So sorry for your loss. What I remember of your Mom was her kindness and what a great hostess. Jim and Martha Cox
Jim and Martha Cox
October 11, 2010
We are very sorry for your loss. What I remember of your Mom, she was always gracious, kind and a great hostess. Jim and Martha Cox, Farmington, NM
Jim and Martha Cox
October 11, 2010
"ALEX, JUDY & FAMILY,My prayers are for you and your family in this time of sorrow and loss,, Let you the sunshine bright and your line stay tight.
Pat Volkmar and Family
October 11, 2010
Alex, Judy and Family, you are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time. Elsie was such a kind sweet lady. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to know her. Take comfort knowing she is once again dancing with Angus! Ed and Jan Adamson and Family
Ed and Jan Adamson
October 11, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you in your time of sorrow. There never was a more gracious lady.
Your cousin,
Elsie Archibald Mills
Elsie & Bill Mills
October 10, 2010
The memories of holiday dinners, your quiet ways, your green and red sugar coated candies that I searched for the recipe and finally finding that the Knox Blox recipe came out in a booklet that Knox gelatin sent to new brides. You were the last of your generation on our family tree and you'll be missed. Abraham Lincoln said it best-- In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years--you had both many years and lots of life in your years. Good bye Aunt Elise.
Kathrine (Renie) Jenkins
October 10, 2010
I will always be grateful to Elise for teaching me to play the piano. She was a wonderful neighbor and friend and I know you will miss her very much. You're in my prayers.
Kathy Webster James
October 10, 2010
October 10, 2010
Alex and Judy our love is with you even though we are so far away. Your Mom was such a treasure not only to you but to all of us who were touched by her sweet spirit.

Kim and Lanah loved going to her house every week for piano lessons and treats.

She will be greatly missed.

Jean and Lanah Nicholls
Ronald Nicholls
October 10, 2010
Alex, Judy and family.
We are so sorry to here of your mother's passing. She was such an amazing woman and someone whom we all aspired to be like. Angus always spoke of Elise with such love and devotion. Both of them always loved to share stories about the activites of their family, whom they dearly loved. God bless you and hold you near in this difficult time.
Jim and Kathy Ahlin
October 10, 2010
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