Maryanne (Walker) Ferguson, 88, passed away Aug. 14 at her home in Corydon. Mom was the only daughter born to Carl Johnson Walker and Mary Elizabeth Lowry in Dunbar, Neb. She joined an older brother, Gene when she was born on Nov. 12, 1923.
She grew up a farm girl and attended school in Dunbar graduating high school in 1940 in the same class as her high school sweetheart Kenneth Ferguson. Mom attended Peru State Teacherís College in Peru, Neb., for one year and then began teaching school for several years in Nebraska and Iowa.
Early in World War II, Mom and her parents moved to the farm south of Sewal where on Oct. 31, 1944, she married Kenneth Oliver Ferguson, her high school sweetheart, on leave from service in the South Pacific Theatre.
They would go directly to Corpus Christ, Texas and then to Oklahoma to complete Dadís Marine duty. Maryanne and Kenneth would come back to the family farm south of Sewal from 1946-47 and then move to Urbana farming for several years. They would again return to her parentís farm south of Sewal in 1958 to take over the farming operation. During these times in Urbana and Sewal mom would teach at a country school and substitute at the Sewal School.
In 1960, Mom and Dad drove to Panama City, Fla., to adopt two children, Patricia and Leslie. Momís life was about to change in ways she could not imagine. She would no longer be just a farm wife and a teacher, she would also become a mother and mentor to two kids that needed that guidance and direction.
Maryanne was a 4-H leader from 1963-1972 for the Jackson Wild Rose 4-H Club and assistant postmaster in Powersville, Mo., during the late 60ís and early 70ís. She was a Home Health Aid from 1974 to 2008 with the Wayne County Home Health Aide Agency. The Home Health Aide position brought Mom a lot of joy knowing she was making a difference in a lot of peopleís lives.
Maryanne was an active member of the Sewal United Methodist Church for many years serving as treasurer for 35+ years, VBS teacher, Sunday school teacher and helping with the yearly bazaars and Godís Portion sales. She attended services in Corydon at the United Methodist Church for the last few years. She was an active member of Eastern Star for several years.
Her husband, Kenneth preceded her in death in March of 2009, as did her parents, Carl and Mary Walker, brother, Gene Walker and sister-in-law, Doris Walker.
Family that continues to celebrate her life are daughter, Patty Berry and husband Paul of Urbandale and son, Les Ferguson and wife Kim of Carlisle; nine grandchildren, Tina (Ferguson) Marshall and husband Jim and Taron Ferguson, all of Oskaloosa, Jon and Bryce Ferguson, both of Grimes, Robby Hatch of West Des Moines, Sarah (Berry) Brunney and husband Robert of Kentucky, Scott Berry of Kansas City; eleven great- grandchildren, Lyman, Kendal, Grace and Brie Anne Marshall, Ireland Elizabeth Marie Ferguson, Joslyn, Essence and Malakai Ferguson, Hailey, Samantha, Kyra Kepple and many friends and relatives.
A celebration of life service will be held for Maryanne on Sept. 9 at 4 p.m. at the Corydon United Methodist Church.
Memorials may be sent to the family and will be forwarded at a later date to the Wayne County Home Health Aide Agency.
Gerald Wendell Huston Sr.
Gerald Huston was born July 9, 1914, and passed away peacefully at home June 25, 2012.
Surviving him are daughters, Virginia Huston Gracey and Bobbi Huston Parker and son-in-law Les of Corydon; sons, Gerald Wendell Huston Jr., of Milwaukee, Wis., and Jerry Michael Huston Sr., of Springfield, Mo.
His daughter, Nancy Huston Carnes of Dallas, Texas, preceded him in death.
Our dad will be greatly missed.